Walls do not make a library. The building is a place, a thing, not the sum of its parts but a cog in the wheel of knowledge. Some have little or no interaction with the library doors, only knowing the people and the information. But on the last day at the library, the arm of information service is amputated.
Stacks and shelves and books are great, when you can get to them. But for those bed-ridden, without cars or the ability to leave of our own volition, the library offers outreach. Dedicated programs going out into the world and bringing knowledge and entertainment to the masses.
Bookmobile programs have gone away as the car has become the American staple, but that doesn't stop librarians from piling in their cars and visiting nursing homes and schools. Putting on little book readings at community centers or just talking books with someone who doesn't get many visitors. The ability of the mobile librarian is gone on the last day at the library.
elcome 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.