After reading the June 9 "Our View: Vote 'no' on library bond," my thoughts turned to Isaac Asimov's short story, "The Fun They Had." If you're not familiar, it's a science fiction piece written about two children who find a real book in a day and age where all learning is done via computer. The two children daydream about the past with its paper books and human teachers. Is that really where we're headed? Are we, as the Standard-Examiner suggests, growing out of a "brick and mortar" world?
All futuristic predictions aside, I would like to remind the readers and residents of Weber County of all the programs our libraries offer that cannot be replaced by the almighty computer.
I am a resident of Ogden city and a mother of five. Over the past ten years, my children and I have participated in many of the programs at our local main branch library. Each of my children has benefited from the story-time program offered on a weekly basis. During this class the children are read to and have the opportunity to sing and dance. Stories and songs have many developmental benefits for children. They help fine-tune their listening abilities, expose children to a larger vocabulary, help children focus and become better readers.
Along with hundreds of other families we also take advantage of the library's summer reading programs, monthly family activities and other enriching classes, I feel very lucky to have this great resource where the children of my community can be involved in such educational and stimulating activities.
Libraries aren't just about books; they are about education and learning. Learning comes in many different forms, most effectively in face-to-face, teacher-to-student and librarian-to-child interactions. At a time when our public schools are losing their librarians, a crucial literacy tool for our children, I would hope that our public libraries will continue to offer the community vital programs and resources. I am optimistic that these brick and mortar buildings will not just become an air conditioned destination for texting teenagers.