If Librarians Were Honest
““If librarians were honest, they would say, No one spends time here without being changed…”
“As library-lover Steve Jobs memorably remarked, ‘you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards,’ and these formative dots have since been connected to paint a clear picture of my deep love of libraries — those most democratic cultural temples of wisdom where we come to commune with humanity’s most luminous minds; where the rewards are innumerable and destiny-changing, and the only price of admission is willingness. Between the walls of the library are the building blocks of the most powerful technology of thought there is.”
When I was in grade school and middle school, the library started out as a place for class “field trips,” morphed into a place where we found materials for themes and book reports, and finally became a place where I found stuff to read for fun.
Perhaps you started out this way, too.
Most of the time, I don’t think about being a changed person when I walk out the door. I know more, to be sure. I’ve found new ideas and answers to old questions. And, I’ve put on the shoes of many characters as I read novels showing those characters fighting pirates and climbing mountains and falling in love.
The change is organic and often hard to notice, so it happens without our considering what huge a factor in our lives it can be. Read this installment of Brain Pickings and see how you feel about it.
Malcolm R. Campbell is the author of “Conjure Woman’s Cat.”