September 10, 2015

The Library

September 10, 2015 {253/365} The Library

"A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life." ~ Henry Ward Beecher

When is the last time you visited the library? It has become so convenient to download books and periodicals onto my computer, tablet, and phone that I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't used my library card in years. I do love the culture of literacy that has been established in Pewaukee -- how wonderful that all language arts students (i.e. all students) are afforded luxury of time to read whatever inspires them. Yet, although I am fortunate enough to work among the great works of literature, poetry, biographies, historical and popular fiction, I rarely take avantage of the libraries here at school. 

This week, I was invited to help students in various English classes set up blogs to showcase their writing. When I arrived at the start of the first class, I actually envied the students who were immersed in their chosen books. I miss taking time to read. Why have I allowed myself to be "too busy" to enjoy a good book? I also realized that as much as I love the convenience of technology and digital downloads, I miss holding a book, the feel and smell of paper as I turn each page in anticipation. So before the next class, I solicited book recommendation from other avid readers and took myself to the library. I chose The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, a book that I have been meaning to read for some time. So now, for the past two days, I have hurried to the five classes that invited me to savor those ten blissful minutes of reading. It feels great to rekindle my love of reading, of books, and of visits to the library.  

Henry Ward Beecher may be correct that a library is a necessity, but the library in today's photo is also very luxurious. Wouldn't you love to curl up with a good book in this beautiful space? There are some great choices here, including the classics, art books, fiction and non-fiction. I remember buying that Edmund Fitzgerald book for my dad years ago. 

Why not savor a cocktail along with your literature? Cocktails in the library? Now there's a novel idea (ahem)! This "library" is in Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia. What a great space and a great idea!

[Photos taken in Philadelphia in June 2015]