OUR libraries – place
to read, gather, learn – our heart
how can you lose that
Those people, for reasons known but to them, who read this blog from time to time will be aware that I read the Guardian, a newspaper the originates in Manchester, UK, for my online news.
As the Guardian covers all the issues of today, I was not surprised by the headline, US library defunded after refusing to censor LGBTQ authors: ‘We will not ban the books’.
I clicked on the headline and that is when the surprise set in.
In less than one week, this was the second time that there was worldwide news from where I grew up West Michigan.
The first time was when the local congressman, the geographic and (mostly) repulican consertive heir to Gerald Ford’s old seat in Congress, was thrown out by local voters as this congressman agreed that the former president had failed to uphold his oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
The 2nd time was had to do with this US library being defunded after refusing to censor LGBTQ authors.
Turns out that the article was about the Jamestown Township Public Library locate in Ottawa County, Michigan.
Way to go West Michigan!
(UPDATE 5:30pm – my wife wondered if my sarcastic wit wasn’t entirely apparent unless you read the entire post – to be transparent and remove the guess work, reading this story made me want to barf in anger dismay and frustration with those of narrow mind)
Jamestown Township in Ottawa County is where my family settled and set up farming when they arrived in this country back in 1870.
If you turn right out of this library and drive about 5 miles and you will arrive at the Vriesland Cemetery where my Great Grandparents are buried.
My Great Grandparents, who I understand, never learned to speak English.
People who made the effort to leave their homes and come to a land where it was proclaimed in its birth certificate, that it was self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
I don’t want to get into the issue beyond banning books.
Banning books in a public library.
When did we get so scared?
When did we get so scared that so many people feel the need to carry a machine gun with them to church?
When did we so scared that some people feel the only way to protect ourselves and our children is to ban books?
The article in the Guardian quotes Deborah Mikula, executive director of the Michigan Library Association.
Our libraries are places to read, places to gather, places to socialize, places to study, places to learn. I mean, they’re the heart of every community, so how can you lose that?”
So how can you lose that?
The heart of every community.
HOW CAN YOU LOSE THAT?
I don’t understand.
I feel this can’t last, that this can’t go on.
Actually I know it can’t last.
And I know, as its says in the Bible, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”
When everything is new then maybe, just maybe, we won’t be so scared.
That passage is from the book of Revelation, Chapter 21, verses 4 and 5.
You remember the book of Revelation?
The book written by John while living on the Island of Patmos.
By the way, did I mention the name of the library?
The Patmos Library of Jamestown Township.
Also here is link to the library gofundme page.