Letter: Great libraries build communities
To the Editor:
The public is invited to a conversation about the value of reading and the role of all libraries in building community on Monday, July 2, 4 pm at Franciscans Downtown, 1000 Main St., across from the public library in downtown Stevens Point.
Readers, book collectors, librarians, managers of church libraries, and other seekers of wisdom will exchange ideas about the social value of sharing what we read and the importance of libraries as a common good.
The number of books in church libraries, homes and private collections may exceed the holdings in our public libraries. How best can these be conserved and made more accessible? A more crucial statistic is the number of readers. How best can they interact with readers and nonreaders alike to build community?
Whether you read with the old technology of printed books and magazines or newer electronic technologies and media it is crucial to process what you are taking in and contribute to public discourse.
Libraries come in all shapes and sizes. Franciscans Downtown – “where seekers shop” – has a library to share and a place for community conversation. They regard every person as a story unfolding and all the people as a “living library.”
For more information about this scheduled conversation regarding libraries contact Leo Jacoby, 715-341-2790, 715-303-8184, or email: [email protected] .