“Robin, have you ever thought about opening a library?” That simple question, asked on a hot, muggy day in August 2001, changed the trajectory of my life and the lives of the families who would someday walk through my library door. My husband, 10-year-old son, and I were attending a living books gathering “on the back side of nowhere” in southwest Tennessee. One of the attendees was Michelle Miller Howard, owner of an incredible private library in Michigan and author of Truthquest History. While talking with Michelle about my book collection, numbering around 2000 at the time, she asked me this question…and my life has never been the same.
I remember one of my favorite books growing up was Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who. Horton, the loveable elephant, is determined to save Whoville from extinction no matter what the cost to himself. In an effort to make themselves heard, all the Whos in Whoville cry from their roof tops, "We are here, We Are Here, WE ARE HERE!!!" The battle seems hopeless as those who only accept what they can see are determined to destroy an entire culture.
Today one of my library patrons passed an article on to me which relates the destruction of over a quarter of a million books by a Virginia library system. I told of another library who is required to do the same thing in a previous post. The Virginia library states budget cuts and moving toward a digital world as their reasons.