The Library and the Church

Bibliothek, Marketing

In Modern Family (season 5, episode 21), Haley Dunphy utters another library aphorism:

“That’s a library? I thought it was a church for a religion that didn’t allow makeup.”

The library, staff and patrons sure have a reputation problem in this TV show. Maybe, however, this is not totally uncalled-for. Maybe libraries, library people, and books are not ‘sexy’ enough.

But then. Maybe librarians shouldn’t try to be, maybe the library should be a place where one can focus on the written word, where people can enter the inner conversation instead of the mundane blabber. The library as a place to connect with someone far away (the author) and someone deep inside (the mental model of the reader); the library as a church instead of just another social space.

Featured Image:

By Artist is John White Alexander (1856–1915). Photographed 2007 by Carol Highsmith (1946–), who explicitly placed the photograph in the public domain. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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