How many languages does the average human speak? One, I'd guess, two if they can get around the globe once in a while. And what does that even mean, language? Written, spoken, body, and images all over the globe are collected in the library. The communication of the human language breaks down on the last day at the library.
Books are the form of language at the library most people understand. Written communication, typed or written out by machines or man, collected and bound. Ideas transferred by ink and toner, infused onto the wood pulp the beliefs of the world.
Spoken word mixes in the throat of the community. Audiobooks, sure, but that's just an extension of the print. Even with the inflections of the voice box, the written word is always just that, divorced from reality. But the people, however, the many faces of the world in the library that mix in the melting pot find their home in the collective need to check email.
Another extension but less of a lie is body language. Words coming from a mouth, no matter what culture constructed them, can be made to lie. The body cannot, not without more effort than the average person will ever have, lie. The body is what it is, truthful in all its twitches and spasms and love of sincere belief that it can tell the truth. The language of the body is the most faithful part of the library as the men and women and children walk through its stacks.
Our last form of language is the image. The perception of the color of meaning in a created image, be it with canvas or music, is perfection in action as the mind melds with the body. When the hand draws or paints or sculpts, it melds the twitches of the body with the lies of the mind to make unique human creations. Truth and beauty, the best lie of them all, meld into images and become a universal language within the human spirit.
The best languages of the world create images in the mind of the person taking them in. They create a whole world, a background and culture for the one using that image. The library, as a melting pot of languages and images and information, collects the language of the community. On the last day at the library, that communication center is gone.
Welcome to the Banned Library, all those coming from the A to Z Challenge! For those of you not familiar or who just don't want to click that link, the A to Z Challenge is a blogging competition between blogger and self to post one entry a day during April based on the letter of the alphabet. Starting April 1st and continuing throughout the month (skipping Sundays), one entry a day will be devoted to this challenge. As the Banned Library often posts several entries a day, we have decided to turn this over to our fiction department. Our challenge will be a series called "Last Day at the Library," chronicling the things and people that will end when a library closes. We hope you enjoy it and be sure to check out the many, many other blogs associated with the A to Z Challenge.