A friend, Small Town Girl (STG), posted a link to a story on epic-beautiful libraries on FaceBook this week. Five of them are in North America, three of them are in the United States. The Middle is represented by the Iowa State Capitol Law Library. 🙂
I’ve seen some pretty, historic libraries in my time, including the main libraries in Milwaukee and New York City, although neither hold a candle to the libraries featured above. A lot of these historic libraries were funded by governments or philanthropy.
I realize infrastructure costs, and maintaining libraries also means maintaining a collection, which is not without its challenges and controversy. A library is an investment in the population. It’s a continuous opportunity to learn, it’s a temporary shelter, the smartest babysitter in town. It’s a shot. Not a guarantee, but a shot. And it’s another shot the next week if last week’s didn’t get you anywhere.
I think this article has really inspired me. I’ve always been one to swing toward a library if I happened to wander past on trip or such. I think from now on, I’m going to make a point on vacations and other trips to find the library, and whoever’s footing the bill and wherever it is, Check It Out. 🙂