Books Don’t Need Batteries
I really need to know, in this WordPress blog-o-spheer,how many people care about books? School Library books to be exact. Most of these books are less than 10 years old. Some were Classics, some were Fiction, Non-Fiction and some were Reference books. Some were won from the National Endowment for the Arts. The majority of these books were in perfect condition.
I heard “through the local grapevine” that they had been thrown away, I don’t understand why. After doing some research via the internet these past two days, I have also seen that this has been happening all over .
Is it because the Administration assumed everyone has access to the Internet, or a Kindle and would be accessing their reading material that way? These same people that are making the decisions do not even have a basic knowledge of what it takes to use the internet to research for books and find educational articles. Who are they to judge? I report this from experience and observation. I once worked in this school, ran the school library, purchased books, built up the collection that has now just been tossed in the trash. Many of our Career and Technical Education classes, General Education Classes and Alternative School classes have now been tossed in the trash as well.
I am sick and tired of the rhetoric I have heard my whole life from the “have’s” how everyone has the ability to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Bullshit! This school library was in a depressed rural area of New York State where the dairy farms have been closed down because the price of milk is too low for the farmer’s to run their small farms. The National Corporate dairy farms have taken over their businesses. These people know what struggle is. Farming is very hard backbreaking work. Our population is dwindling. For many students a trade is their way to make a different kind of living. Yet the schools still concern themselves with the number of student’s they have that graduate and go on to higher education because it looks good for the school. Mostly “have’s” go on. The children of the poor are neglected.
I would see students in the library who still could not read and they were in the 11th grade. The library was something magical and could open their minds to brand new thoughts and possibilities. I saw so much interest there. Books can do that and books don’t need batteries. Another door has been shut on these kids, for education is the only door out for them.The books served that purpose. Who gave them the right to burn them. Who gave them the right to shut the door?
Why didn’t someone step in to save the books? Why didn’t someone arrange a new home? I cannot believe i’m crying for the books!
I want to be Guy Montag from Fahrenheit 451 but I’m afraid it’s too late. Is there anybody out there?