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A library is a vital ‘portal to the world’

Published: 1/10/2019 12:00:33 PM
A library is a vital ‘portal to the world’

In his recent In the Arena column, Chris Collins presumes to know I am a “have” because I showed my support of the library in an ad. For the first 18 years of my life, I was labeled a “have not.” I did not have a stable home, good food on my plate or new clothes. I did not have books in my bedroom or apartment. I did have a public library.

At 10 years old, a librarian caught me reading Dickens in the adult stacks. She helped me find knowledge — about the world, politics, health, how to apply to colleges and pay for it. I learned how to fix things, how to eat at a nicely set table, how to speak well with strangers about great books, and how to read a newspaper. (Yes, I went to school; but the public library is open after school.)

I’ll tell you what I have. I have a library card. I go to the library often to borrow books, tapes, attend free lectures, look at art and visit with people who live in my community.

And just in case you didn’t know, Greenfield residents, including me, don’t just drive to other communities for shopping. We go to other communities’ libraries for all the reasons that Greenfield needs a new one: easy physical access, space for larger programming and more.

A library is a portal to the world. The use of a library does not depend upon what your life story is, your socio-economic income or anything else. It depends on your pursuit of knowledge.

Do you know what a library cares about? That you have access to that world! That is why this “have” signed that ad.

Sharon A Roth, Ed.D.


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