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Love Your Local Library

Have you been inside your local library lately? If you haven’t, go in and take a look around, yes, I know you will be surrounded by those ancient things called books, but go in anyway and take it all in.

I did this the other day at the gorgeous New Haven Free Library. I was there to host a talk about yes, a book, called “Staying Put, Remodel Your House to Get the Home You Want.” Imagine that folks for free could come in and listen to a professional architect, in business more than 30 years, tell you how to drill down to help you get the most of remodeling. That’s what libraries do, invite professionals in to help you and let’s face it in this case a lot of us are staying put because of tough economic conditions.

While I was waiting for the audience to show up to listen to author Duo Dickinson‘s talk, I took a look around the historic building to see what it had to offer. The place is just beautiful, and I was wishing I had more time to explore it.

I don’t care what people say about libraries being a thing of the past, they are not. They are a place of history and a gathering and meeting place and a center of education and learning. Libraries may need to shift like everything else is having to do these days, but they are a needed center in towns and they should be thought of that way.

People go into libraries to get out of the cold and heat, so it can be a place of shelter. Folks come to hear people give talks and pick up a book or some other device to read. Libraries were and are central to generations of people. What I picked up just by being in this New Haven space the other day was remarkable. I took a ton of photos so you could see how spectacular this structure is, you can see them below.

Just for starters it was founded in 1887. Lining the walls of the staircase in the front of the building are historical photos of the place on Elm Street being built, just fascinating and worth the trip in to see these. Turns out after it was founded it was in a number of places before the current building was put up in1906. Even back then it cost $390,000.00, and it was completed in 1911. Does that give you an idea of how grand this place is, architecturally you’ll learn a thing or two just by dropping by. The library can give you a print out on its history, yes, on real paper if you would like one.

There is a history room at the library where you can learn all about New Haven going back several hundred years to 1649, can you imagine all the folks that have passed through the Elm city both famous and everyday folk sincee then?

The building represents the history of New Haven in all of its facing “the green” splendor.

While your local library may not have the same grandeur as the one in New Haven, it is important and should be supported and helped to grow in new and exciting ways, think about it and get involved.

 

3 Comments

  1. Posted March 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    You added your own sparkle to the library–thanks for participating in the program!

  2. Bill
    Posted March 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Value of Public Libraries: “A study done by the Florida Department of State, Division of Library & Information Services, reported that for every tax dollar public libraries received, they provided $8.32 in job creation, income or wage increases, and gross regional product increases.” – From Cheetah Learning’s Phast Magazine at http://www.cheetahlearning.com/Phast/PhastIssue3.pdf

  3. Farfel
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Cornerstones of our communities, libraries are timeless resources for all. We need to invest in them more than ever before.