General News · 27th May 2012
As Joni says "You don't know what you've got till it's gone." So true. The loss of the Library leaves a great void that's hard to fill despite bringing home armloads of books from the free store, perusing Bertha's used book shelves and participating in an informal book exchange among friends. But the books are only part of the picture. I really appreciated the whole ambiance... with young readers gathered around the big round reading table or others sprawled on the floor to check out the bottom shelves. It's one of the places I could always count on seeing certain folks and thereby catch up on their news or run a finger down the titles of the books they've picked up. And hey, how about the videos? Where else could a person find a BBC video on the underwater rivers of alpen glaciers in northern Italy? Oft times a small crowd has gathered either at the return-to-shelves cart (and collect a lowered eyebrow from Jude) or the DVD shelves to discuss the merits, or demerits, of various filmic endeavors. Most of all I recall with sadness the day the library closed. Open when I dropped in at 2 pm, closed when I returned at 4. I also recall the heroic efforts of our Library committee to first of all secure a new library and ultimately continue negotiations in a very difficult atmosphere. This short reminiscence comes with a special thank you to Jude and our Library Committee for your much appreciated service. May a new library appear one of these days!