As an English teacher, I care about books and quite frankly I am worried about their future. With everyone religiously following reality TV shows and upholding Stephanie Meyers as great literature, I sometimes wonder what will become of the marvelous magic of the written word. While my professors have given me all sorts of upsetting articles to read on the negative influences of text messaging I have been much more alarmed by some of the things I have witnessed with my own eyes.
A couple years ago my hometown vetoed a proposal to increase property taxes by $15/year that would fund the building of a new library (Don’t even get me started about what people will pay out for sports). Then, when my younger sister was applying to colleges she got recruitment materials from UVSC touting their brand new “120 square foot library” (perhaps they’ve upgraded now that they’re a university). Still, I think the most disconcerting thing I have come across was South Ogden’s Library/Car Wash. What is the world coming to?