We were walking home when we came across this sign on a local store window that read:
SAVE THE LIBRARY FROM CLOSING!!
I was interested in what was going on, so when we arrive at home I right away go onto the website that was listed on the flyer. What do you know our city Library is closing due to lack of hours and people attending? Have we come to that where Libraries close in our own city? If I remember correctly, I can’t get a Library card from a different city unless I reside in it.
A few years ago I remember a friend of mine telling me about VHS tapes going away, and sure enough, stores stopped carrying them. Then I heard about DVD’s going away, well they didn’t go away totally since Blue Ray is still around but the Hi Def. guy closed down his department. Then the video stores started to disappear, first it was the local Mom and Pops video stores then it moved up to Hollywood Video and now Blockbuster. We went from Beta to VHS to DVD to Streaming.
This also applies with music. First it was the cassettes, then Cd’s and yes of course Streaming live music. Makes you wonder if Tower Records saw this coming and was one of the main reason’s why they closed their doors a few years back.
So here we are with books. Bookstores are very rare now days. Borders is gone, Barnes and Noble is still very popular online but they have been shutting down stores themselves. Now I guess the Libraries are now getting the hit. Are people that much in a hurry that they can’t walk into a Library and check out a book? I know you can find everything you need online with Library.com and many other sites, but does anyone ever wonder that their kids growing up today will never know what a bookstore is, let alone a book itself? My daughter was telling me the other day that she want’s the latest book “Kindle Fire”. I had to explain to her, that Kindle Fire isn't a book but a tablet that lets you read books. Me, I’m old school; I still prefer reading a book. It’s something that’s hard to explain, the feel, the smell.
Just the other night when I was at Subway, my daughter saw a phone on the wall. She points and asks, “What’s that?” I tell her it’s a payphone. She looks at me funny. Payphones. That’s a whole other story to talk about.