February 20th, 2009

I Heart Libraries

So today, for the very first time, I entered the brand spanking new Esther Nixon Library in Jacksonville, Arkansas--it opened last Saturday. I must say my heart was pounding when I pulled onto that squeaky clean, extra-black asphalt parking lot. And when I walked through the doors, I just wanted to jump up and down and SQUEEEE!! It's so beautiful. It's so amazing. It's so clean and shiny and contemporary, and glass, and steel, and organized, and full, full of books. <sigh> And it's such a huge, huge change from the small, damp, dark, leaky-ceiling-ed building it replaced. I took some pics with my cell phone, but there is so much glass and the sun streamed in, so my pics were crappy, but trust me when I say it's gorgeous. :-) Oh, and did I mention the stainless steel mobiles in the children's area???

I am SO proud of the people of Arkansas for caring enough to vote for the millage increases that it took to build this new library and others around the state. Libraries are truly an investment in our future and it's wonderful, that even in this economy, people recognize that. 
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