Libraries Are Like Gardens
June 30, 2011
As a gardener, I love observing people's gardens as I walk each day. The colors, movement, and scents feed my mind and spirit when I'm walking in the neighborhood around the North Independence Branch. I even glory in the progress of people's vegetable gardens. It's amazing how fast some vegetables mature! I'm sure the neighbors aren't aware that others probably get as much pleasure from their gardens as they do--and without all the work of weeding and watering!
Libraries are like gardens--particularly community gardens! Libraries are created by and for the community. They are your tax dollars at work. There's a lot of beauty in our new library--from our beautiful new decor, to the lovely artwork on the book covers and the words within. We have scents too--compliments of the new bistro, Novella's. If you love the scent of bread or cookies baking, we can feed your stomach as well as your soul. There's growth here too. As librarians, we are able to observe the children as they move from Easy Readers to more challenging books, and grow taller with every year. We're also aware that many of our adult patrons are growing; their computer skills are improving, they're able to use the databases, and even manage job applications without much assistance. We have the books and other materials to feed the mind and soul, or to teach us to feed others.
Like a community garden, we're a conglomeration of colors, sizes, and shapes; we have different needs, talents, and different expectations from the library. But most of all, WE'RE BEAUTIFUL!
North Independence Branch