A few days ago, I decided to take a walk out by a shopping centre and as I walked by a Library, I saw tables, chairs and aisles all empty. Maybe 2-3 people were in there max. I began to think about how dependent people have gotten over using the internet now to find information instantly, rather than sifting through index cube cards, and looking through aisles of books to get what we want. over 10-15 years ago, you would see a lot more people in the libraries, nowadays, you don’t see many.
I admit, I haven’t been to a library in years because we can find all the information on the internet in the comfort of your own home instead of venturing out to the library which would take a while to research, read and everything. Remember the times when people used to buy Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedias that would take up room on our shelves? Now there is a thing called Search Engines that do all the work for us when we type something that we want to look for.
I still have my encyclopedias, and books on the shelves, but unfortunately; are collecting dust. I know its become a sad reality when it comes to that point. As much as I like searching for new and exciting things online. Nothing really beats opening up a book physically, reading it and making notes by hand instead of typing. I should dig into my books more often. Nowadays you see these books in second time around stores, garage sales, and sent to the local schools and libraries.
It is time to bring back the lively Libraries. I know there are people who still go there to study, have quiet time and everything, but it is nice to get out of the house and go to a new environment where you can see people, meet people and just browse around, take out library books to read, then return them in before the due date.
Do you still visit the Library?