What do we need libraries for???

These are this year’s students.

Not this year, but last, I had a class in which no one had ever been to the library. Everything is on Internet, right?

They assured me I was wasting their time. Nonetheless, to the library I took them, and the poor librarian had the devil’s day trying to persuade them that more information is actually in books. (You’d think she were describing cave paintings from the reaction of those kids.)

Add some color to your drab life!

So here’s the college-preparatory secret: to do real research, you’ll have go to the library. Good ol’ wiki doesn’t cut it. There actually is stuff worth learning that requires you to get off your bu** — um, bottom — and pay a buck for the bus. You’d be surprised what you’ll find when you break out of your comfort zone.

You’ll be surprised what you find in the depths!

You might discover there’s worthwhile stuff in the Bible. Yeah, like how to reach maximum happiness (have a successful marriage, for example!) in what they used to call the “Good Book.” Nowadays, they call it the “Hate Book,” I think.

Don’t hate the Bible! It’s still good and got great stuff useful for your life here on Earth! And, yes, it also talks about life after Earth, in case you’re interested! Break out of your comfort zone and crack the Bible today! Read a bit. Ask God to give you the revelation as to what it means. Start with Mark; it’s the story of the Main Dude in the whole Bible.

Happy reading!


15 responses to “What do we need libraries for???

  1. Because, like the Manic Street Preachers sang, “Libraries gave us power” !

  2. My library is always packed. Library allowed the kids time to study and do research. Old folks like me like to take kids to the library for them to read and communicate. Here in Michigan. Many old and beautiful libraries are gone. This is sad.

    • With funding cuts, city governments are increasingly looking on libraries as antiquated and useless. Are we heading towards a return of the Middle Ages, in which only a cloistered few are actually literate while the rest can’t even spell with their text msgs?

  3. It's a matter of prayer

    The schools like Harvard, Princeton etc. use to require reading HOW TO READ A BOOK by Adler. Today, it is thought that a snippet is enough. Unfortunately this quick and incomplete approach to life leaves one shallow. I found the same approach in seminaries leave Christians with a very limited understanding of God. A genuine relationship takes work, time, and most of all depth. A snippet approach to the Christian faith also leads to misunderstandings and a shallow faith. Books are to learn from other peoples experience.

  4. Although I have a library of over 300 books on my computer, and many more on my Kindle, I can never give up the feel of pages in my hand, and therefore still have a library of regular books in my office. For this reason, a trip to the library, be it the public library, college library, or church library, still brings a sense of excitement. It is a shame that this has been lost in recent generations.

  5. real books are so much better. I’d rather read a book then read online 🙂

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  7. I’m grateful to live in a community that really values its library. It’s a beautiful building and it’s always full of people — a vibrant hub in the center of town, as a library should be. I also love seeing How to Read a Book getting plugged! I’ve been spending a lot of time with it lately and it’s revolutionizing my reading life.

    As for reading in our culture, I think we’ll retain our literacy because we need it to use computers; but I also think our attention spans will continue to deteriorate. Page hopping online is a whole different kind of reading than sitting down with a book for a couple hours. We usually spend a few minutes per page *at most* when we’re online. (Often more like a few seconds.)

  8. One day libraries will disappear from around me.. I only know 2 others that actually use them. The library I go to, in recent years, has scaled down their books in favour of computers. I personally love the actual book and the researching part (if needed), no matter how much longer it takes.

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