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San Juan Ridge Community Library

posted Dec 7, 2017, 9:39 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 10:11 AM ]

by Mary Moore, San Juan Ridge Community Library

TUES & THURS 11-7   SAT 10-4

NEW! Pre-School Storytime Mondays, 11:00am-11-30am.  This month: Dec 4th & Dec 11th

Phone: 292-3008 Location: Next to Head Start, Behind the Ball Field on Oak Tree in North San Juan

The most exciting thing happened in November at the Library! Little Stanislaus Hinrichs took his first official steps-about five- from his Mom, Sam, to get a book off the shelf!  We predict great things for this boy.

We are working on an inventory of the Library to establish replacement costs for insurance purposes. Please don’t stop reading.  I have a question for you.  Why should we worry about replacing any physical information sources when everything is available on the net?

In the 1954 book by Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit  451, all books are being burned so that all information can be controlled by the authorities. In the 2015 book by Brandt Legg, The Last Librarian, all libraries are being destroyed because they are inefficient, dusty places. Our hero, the Librarian has noticed that in many cases the hard copy text of a book is different from the cloud version.  The diverse presentation of human thoughts and actions is being homogenized into a smooth less disturbing version.

This year U.C. Berkeley has eliminated books from the bottom 2 or 3 floors of their undergraduate library to have more room for technology and collaborative learning.  I so hope the professors are not accepting Wikipedia* (where anyone can post an article, or scarier - edit someone else’s citations), and that the students are being taught the skills to evaluate what they are reading.

So we are counting the various sections of our little library and looking up the average replacement cost of, say, a non-fiction book on evolution.

Meanwhile, our fastest growing section is our Science Fiction/Fantasy area which is a great place to find speculation on where our society may be going.

Next month I will review the first two books by a new author I spent the day with, yesterday.  We talked about the above concerns and what motivated her to get her story published. And yes, I will donate her books after I finish reading them.

*When I look up a word definition on my Kindle, it goes to a reputable dictionary first, then Wikipedia.