Libraries At-Risk

This post will come in pulses, but first, for my Westcliffe readers, just a reminder that you need to show some get-up-and-go. True Custerites do not let a little snow hold them hostage at home. They chain their car; they slip on their snowshoes; and they head on out. The mastodons are gone, but the need to put meat on the table drives them on.

In this case, the best hunting and the finest meat will be found at the West Custer County Library Craft Fair this Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10:30 – 3:00 at the Lutheran church fellowship hall. Once there you can kill two birds with one stone. (The mastodons are gone, remember?) Support our local library and at the same time our local crafters.  There’s no need to drive the mastodons over a cliff to their death and your good eating. Just bring cash or a check.

Your tax dollars pay for the facility and staff, but it is your money channeled through Friends of the Library that pays for books, computers, computer software, courier service, and programs.

Why buy a mass-produced something or other at Wal-Mart, when you can buy a handmade, personal Christmas gift right here in town?

During these tight economic times, every program and institution is being cut to the bone. Last fall, the word in England was that one out of every three post offices and libraries would close. I haven’t kept up, but certainly cash-stapped regional governments will ax a good number of smaller libraries. For people without transport, these smaller libraries are a godsend. They are more than mere repositories for books. Libraries are a warm place where we can come out of the cold and at no charge feel the warmth of neighbors who share our passion for life outside our small internal worlds.

The former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, said it best: “Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.”

If you plan to shop for Christmas, check out the fair.

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I will expand on this theme/blog. Just want to post this immediately.

About timeout2

I have lived 100 lives. I write essays, short stories, poetry, grocery lists and notes to myself. If I am ever lost, look for a paper trail, but be careful not to trip over any books that lie scattered here and there. I am a reader. I am a reader in awe of writers. When I don't live in Westcliffe, Colorado, I live in London where I am a long-time member of Word-for-Word - Crouch End.
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