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!