Finally, Libraries Get Their Due!
I was overjoyed after reading in James Wright's article, "Gray's Plans to Expand Library Funding" (April 11, 2013), that the library system of the District of Columbia is about to receive an infusion of funds. I am particularly happy because the Woodridge Branch has been one of my favorite places since I was a child growing up in the neighborhood decades ago. At last, we are scheduled for a much-needed renovation!
Of all the institutions that are open to the public, a city's libraries are useful for academic research, technology needs, community activities, and, perhaps most important, reading for pleasure. There's something that piques everyone's interests in libraries.
There should always be consideration of funding for the libraries in all discussions about where to spend available money.
In fact, public school funding and library funding should be tied to one another. In that regard, the schools should begin at the elementary level to teach children how to use the library, not just to complete assignments, but also to enjoy checking out storybooks for leisure reading. My children developed their love of books and reading when we went to the Woodridge Branch every few weeks and checked out as many books as we could carry. They are now adults, and continue to love reading.
Thank goodness attention is now being given to our neighborhood branches. Let's keep our libraries well funded, technologically up-to-date, and welcoming to the city's communities.
A New Appreciation for MLK
It was good to see Eve Ferguson's review of the Arena Stage presentation of "The Mountaintop" in the April 11, 2013 edition. I thought the play was great! But I must say in the beginning I was getting a little angry thinking that the playwright was using old rumors and widespread speculations about Dr. Martin Luther King's philandering. Was I ever surprised!
To me it was a brilliant play, extremely thought provoking and inspiring. In the end, I came away with a different kind of appreciation of what Dr. King did as a man, the enormous pressure he must have had on him as a man and the unbelievable burden he had to bear. I wish everyone could see this play because for me it will be one of my all time favorites.