I know many of us are big readers, but with Kindle, Amazon.com, and the lure of getting a Starbucks when you enter Barnes & Noble, does anyone use the library anymore?
I use the library because I have a son that I cannot afford to keep in books. My daughter goes along for the walk and the hope that we may stop and get a drink on the way home. She often boasts of the books she’s read, but when pressed admits that she really just looked at the pictures and made up a story in her head. I blame those picture genes on her father. I also use the library for borrowing books, but am often disappointed because they don’t have the book that I want; however, I’ve learned that beggars can’t be choosers and I grab what they have. I’m not complaining. I love the fact that we have libraries where people can go read, broaden their scope of thought, and gain knowledge…all for FREE! You can’t beat that deal.
I’m a proponent of the library. They offer story hours for toddlers and special events for school-age children. Sometimes they even host a book club for adults. My problem with the library is their selection of movies. Let’s face it, movies are not their specialty, unless of course they have subtitles.
FringeMan and I have coined a new review term that probably sends Siskel and Ebert (are they still alive?) into a jealous rage. It’s the phrase, “Library Movie”. When we watch a movie that has little to no plot and a point that is only apparent to pot smokers, it’s a “Library Movie”.
I don’t blame the librarians for the movie selections. Well, I did at first, but I’ve realized that they are intelligent men and women who provide a wealth of knowledge on several subjects and who make great selections of both authors and their works. I just don’t think libraries buy their movies. They must rely on donations, because let’s face it, people often donate stuff that should be trashed. That’s reality.
So as I sat with FringeMan watching a seemingly insane old man sit on top of a 500 foot plastic pillar and channel the Daila Lama on Uncorked, I didn’t blame the library for yet another poorly written film. I blamed myself for not joining NetFlix.
I propose that as a service to our libraries and communities, we all donate one DVD that is worth the watching.