Saturday, July 28, 2012

Why I love my library

I live in southeastern Michigan in the town of Canton, Michigan. It is the busiest single branch library in the state and it is by far one of the best benefits of living in this town.

In addition to having some of the best selection of any library in our area, this summer they seem to have brought in programs that surprise and delight its patrons.

For example, one day I was walking back to my car and stumbled across this gorgeous chalk rendering of my favorite painting of all time: Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

Then today, this lovely string duo was playing outside the entrance.

What do you love about your library?

Speaking of awesome libraries, another awesome Michigan library, the Troy Public Library came close to closing last year because they needed to raise taxes to keep its doors open. Check out the ingenious way they rallied to keep it a viable part of the community.

ETA: Apparently the Troy library had nothing to do with the campaign shown in the video. Rather than pretend I never posted it, I'll let you watch the video and then read the comment by my first poster to let you draw your own conclusions.

1 comment:

  1. You should know that his video about the "book burning campaign" is a big lie. This "campaign" was not done with the support of the Troy Public Library, nor those who wanted to see the Library saved. It was done by a slick, outside ad agency (the same ad agency that created the Marlboro Man to tell us cigarettes were safe) that wanted to win awards. It was done by an ad agency whose job is to lie.

    In fact, this "campaign" almost cost the Library the millage vote. It was unproductive, divisive, and paternalistic.

    I work at the Library, and worked on the millage vote.

    For an analysis of this "campaign," see

    Do not let this slick agency take the credit for the work of hudreds of real library supporters who saved the Troy Public.