Fri Sep 4th, 2009 at 08:35:45 AM EST
I am this close to tears. Just saw this article about Cushing Academy, a fancy prep school in Massachusetts that is . . .
is . . .
GETTING RID OF ITS LIBRARY BOOKS!! They are apparently not only planning to go digital all the way, but they are actually giving away or selling their books. They are going to rearrange things and turn the old library into a "learning center" or something.
I'm about to throw up.
God, I'm sorry. THis is not much of a diary, but I don't know where else to turn. I guess I'm hoping to find some sympathy here on ET, and perhaps some insight.
I can't believe it.
I grew up and grew intellectually as a child hanging out on the floor in between the stacks at the public library. I felt bad when libraries got rid of their card catalogs (wooden drawers, 3x5 cards), but this just feels more like the beginning of an end.
We recoil in horror at the thought of some authoritarian burning books, but getting rid of the school library is somehow okay?
I suppose it is ironic that I am here online complaining about the fact that the school children are going to be forced to go online for their digital text encounters.
I have to apologize in advance for having to diary and run this morning. If anyone sees this and comments, my ability to respond today will be very spotty.
I just had to vent about this, so thanks for listening.
What does it all mean?