Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The day was wet and rainy. Water droplets pooled and slid down the windowpanes, forming tiny cascades of their own as they rushed to join the torrent pulsing out of the downspout and eroding its way down the hillside. Yellow-clad pedestrians struggled ahead, heads lowered against the rain like a funeral procession. The cat howled at the back door, but none heeded the drenched feline's cries for salvation from the deluge. Not even the grey clouds above acknowledged his plight as they let forth their fury upon the earth. Theirs was not to take pity; their lot was to rain, and rain they did, until the entire neighborhood was somber and drenched in gloom.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The new local library is a wonderful place. Instead of ancient, dusty, boring books (like classics), shiny, new, best-selling novels line the shelves, glowing faintly in the light of the fluorescent tubes. Reading is no longer merely for the elderly and geeks; it is for everyone! Posters flutter slightly on the wall in the breeze from the air conditioning, all proclaiming insightful messages such as, Monty the Monster says, "Everybody should read!
"Penny the Penguin says, "Reading is Cool!" and
Read--Escape to Whole New Worlds!
Every October, spider webs, ghosts, and skeletons join the usual vampire decor in the "teen" section around the area set aside for reading and reflection. Wonderful and encouraging programs enrich the schedule, such as "Wii game night," "Vampire love story contest winners awards ceremony," and the ever-popular "Murder Mystery Night." With such a positive atmosphere, it is little wonder teen-agers enjoy 'hanging out' at the library--this has nothing to do with the free internet, of course. Without libraries, America would be at a great loss. After all, who else would enforce what is taught in school, such as the motto of this great establishment:
IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU READ, AS LONG AS YOU'RE READING!