A Library Can Be For Browsing
February 16, 2011
I dropped by the North Independence Branch a few days ago. I had some minutes to spare, so I wanted to see its newly remodeled building. Its address is 317 W. US 24 Highway, close to the Truman Library. The building is really nice. There are some pictures on our homepage.
I also needed a new book to read and had no idea what I wanted, so I wandered for a while. Browsing a library is such a pleasure. I saw all sorts of neat materials at North Independence in an attractive fresh setting. I know I don't have enough time to read most of the books or watch and enjoy all of the movies, but they were enjoyable to browse.
I came away with a 2008 book titled Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique by Michael Gazzaniga. I probably won't read it, but I checked it out, browsed the book, and came across a number of interesting ideas. The possibilities and the discussion are fascinating.
One chapter talked about how people make decisions. Do you really choose to do everything you "decide" to do each day? Or, are some of your "choices" really biological programming that takes care of things we can't reason out "logically"? Another chapter talked about the fast progression of computer advancements. A new cellphone easily has more computer processing power than the first PC I bought about 1980. How will we learn to use all this technology and get the best results from it? How will technology change our capabilities, as people, in the near future?
Visiting a new library and browsing their collection is a fun experience. Now, I also have a new book I discovered to browse and enjoy. What could be better?