Let’s face it: libraries, in the form we know them, are close to obsolescence.
With increasing digitization and availability of information online to a net savvy public, as well as the desire to use more eco-friendly media, books on paper will soon become unviable. So will the physical libraries that hold them. The smaller ones will be shut down, and the better funded ones will take on digital avatars with new and expanded missions. We might very well be the last generations to walk library aisles in search of the elusive book by our favorite author, to play peek a boo with the latest crush behind the shelves, or to take our children on their first visit to the magical book palace. Generation 2020 might find today’s libraries a historic curiosity, along with typewriters and stick shift cars, just like the ancient libraries with stone tablets and papyrus scrolls.
The Libraries of Our Lives Project aims to preserve the memories of libraries in different lands, in the voices of the people who loved them.
Check out the weblog of all stories that are already included by clicking on The Libraries on the top menu bar. You’ll encounter gems such the ones below, the most popular ones seen on the sidebar, and many more!
Do you find in here a library that was special to you? If so, please make the memory richer by telling your story about it as a comment, right below it. (Note: You do not have to be a WordPress member to post a comment, you need just an email address.) The blog owner may promote your comment to the main article, if you bring in a distinctive point of view.
Don’t see your favorite libraries? No problem. You can add them to the project. It doesn’t matter whether it was a one room village reading center or a school library or an august, centuries-old public library, we welcome all entries. Maybe you know children who’d like to participate, so that they remember the heritage of this beloved institution.
Your library and your story are important to us. A story can be a short paragraph about the library and why you like it, or an anecdote, preferably with a photograph of the library. But if you don’t have a photo’ handy, we will find one for you. What we are really looking for is your voice, your narrative.
There are two ways in which you can share a library with the project:
1. The Easy Way: You can simply email the story and photograph to us, to the address given in the Contact Us page. We will add the story using a generic Id. Your preferred screen name will be displayed in the post, as the author. This is what most people have done so far.
2. The Blogger Way: If you already have a WordPress account, share your WordPress account name with us via email to the address in the Contact Us page. We will add you as a contributor/author within 24 hours. You will then be able to log in and tell your story yourself, include links to your other blogs etc. If you tell us something about yourself and why you like this project, we will include your profile in The Authors page.
We are very excited about this project and hope that it gains popularity across continents and helps to preserve the stories of many people and their favorite libraries.