She rolled her eyes. "Librarians!" she said.
"Look," she continued. "If I want a book, I look it up on Amazon.com. And I get more than just the things librarians use in their bland and boring catalogs. I find out what other people thought about the book.
"If I've got research to do, I use Yahoo, or Northernlight, or Gobot. Investing in libraries is like investing in the village smithy.
I keep coming back to this subject: the future of the book. Why?
For one thing, it's because books are so important to me. I care about what might happen to and with them.
For another, books are a big part of our business -- still somewhere around 85% of everything that people check out.
When asked to state his ideas about God, F. Scott Fitzgerald replied that he had never wished for a God to blame, but he often wished there were one to thank.
In that same spirit, I'd like to formally take note of the many people who have stepped in to help the library.
My daughter is now 11. My son is 5. I don't think they've missed a library reading program yet.
You might suspect that a librarian's children would be FORCED to participate. But the truth is, they've always been pretty eager. Maddy (my daughter) loves the process: getting the forms, filling them out, keeping track of everything. She's a highly organized person who reads constantly with or without an external reward.