Considering the wonder of public libraries, the ubiquity of ebooks, have you ever wondered at the urge to own physical books?
Besides the wholly laudable public service of supporting writers and editors, we are a civilized literate nation are we not? There’s the urge to OWN the understanding contained in books. Not merely the facts, but the subtler, more amorphous, tenuous knowledge of how to live a life, to gauge the feelings of others, and the avenues of daring open to us if we just would engage.
We imagine alternate lifestyles long gone, how people thought in earlier time, how they may think in the future, all this experience, hypothetical or not, is contained between the covers of books.
Libraries are one of the great gifts of a civilization, and the most handsome boon to bestow on our heirs. And the books comprising them hold dreams and lives both lived and unlived. A single human brain cannot hold it all, a library, personal or public, contains a civilization.
Starting with the fabled library of Alexandria, libraries have been the earmark of a civilized nation. Support your library, local bookstore, and buy books to create a personal borrowing library among your friends. Become the one who knows the answers.