I love librarians. One of my earliest childhood memories was going to our public library and going through the children's section. The librarians were always stern, authority figures to me. And they knew so much (this before computers, ladies and gentlemen!) Reference librarians knew their stuff. When I first started writing and researching, I dearly needed them. Anyway, when I was little, I was always amazed when I went to the library. All those books, and I can take them home--for free! What an excellent idea! I fear that younger people aren't making use of libraries as they once did. The use of the internet, Wikipedia, and the like, would seem to discourage the use of libraries and just browsing, as the same has done for browsing in bookstores. I am grateful that I have instilled this browsing gene in my own teenaged son, who still enjoys going to actual brick and mortar bookstore and is a happy traveler when we venture to the L.A. Times Festival of Books at UCLA each spring. But I still worry.
The bookstore issue is a worry for those owners of independant bookstores. When NPR promotes a book, it's great news for the author (I hope to be so beknighted as well), but when their website offers the book on an amazon link, many saw red. Here's a story about that here.
At this point, I should apologize to my own bookstore friends out there for my own amazon links. I'd be happy to put other bookstore links on this site. How about it, bookstore owners? Friends, Romans, countrymen, send me your links!
Here's an amusing YouTube video link about our beloved librarians that spoofs March of the Penguins.