I went to the library yesterday and now have the thrill of deciding what book to read first. It's so exciting! I was cracking up when I checked them all out because I have the most random tastes. My genres of choice included fluffy chick lit, science fiction, teen vampire novels, heavy classics - no rhyme or reason to any of it. I think I'll start with Eclipse, so I can finish this Stephenie Meyer trilogy (AKA Sweet Valley High with vampires.)
When I was in the library, I had a moment of panic about what would happen if there were no more libraries or no more books. (Kind of like Fahrenheit 451, where no one reads anymore - they just watch TV all day.) I think my panic was ironically spurred by Heroes, where Claire told her dad she was going to the library to work on a research paper (thinking he wouldn't like that she was sneaking off to meet her boyfriend.) Her brother ridicules her for not using the internet and she said she was writing about how libraries are becoming obsolete.
Obsolete! Say it ain't so! I know every year they publish studies where 1 in 4 people didn't read a single book last year. I'm hoping the other end of the spectrum is 1 in 4 people like me, who read more than 50 a year. It makes me want to carry around a bag of my favorite books from childhood and hand them out to kids on the street. I just want to make sure someone out there is enjoying Black Beauty, Ramona Quinby Age 8, Blubber, Johnny Tremain, A Wrinkle in Time, The Dark is Rising and The Phantom Toolbooth.
I seriously would not want to live in a world where books and libraries didn't exist. Please reassure me that there are some other book fanatics out there!