Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Place Called a Library

A public library is the most enduring of memorials, the trustiest monument for the preservation of an event or a name or an affection; for it, and it only, is respected by wars and revolutions, and survives them. – Mark Twain

Mr. Twain is certainly a genius whose wit and humor have proven to be to the point and permeated with true meaning. This is the reason I chose one of his quotes (so many of them are great!) to praise this one place that I believe anyone should acquaint themselves with. You might ask, why am I so fond of libraries and cannot wait to promote them to all? My simple answer would be how could I not? 

First, as those who have been in a library might have noticed, it generally is overtaken by cascades of books: old and new, short and long, in English and in some language you don't speak:). And books, as static and boring as they might look, could not be more alive and full of interesting and educational stories that teach us about the world we live in, about the people surrounding us, and most importantly, about who we really are. 

Second, borrowing a book instead of buying it actually contributes to the agenda of being green. I am by no means opposed to buying books; however, with the latest craze of everyone writing a book and pushing to sell as many copies as possible for a profit, it is hard not to notice that quality is many times sacrificed at the expense of quantity.

So do not be afraid to open a window to knowledge, and save some paper (a.k.a. trees you know...) while you are at it, by visiting the local library. You might be surprised and intrigued by what you find there. And no, I don’t  mean the homeless lady talking to herself. Although, she might teach you something cool too:).

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