Over the past couple of years, I’ve commented about the focus on teens and a lack of library service to young adults–which by my definition is people over 18.
Following the discussions I had with people at ALA last summer, I kept editing and working on a draft about what kind of programs to offer, what focuses I saw missing, and this general issue of a lack of outreach to a big part of our tax base.
This morning I had the chance to express my feelings on a broader level. I entered the LISNews Essay Competition with the following: Don’t Forget About Us.
I wrote that essay for myself, for the Blonde and the Brunette, for AudioGirl, My Friend the Lawyer, LibraryChic, Sibling-the-Elder and Younger, and the other friends who look at me like I’m crazy when I suggest that they use their local public library. It’s sad when my friends will call me–two time zones away–rather than reach out to their local resources. Not that I don’t appreciate the validation that they think I’ll be able to find the impossible, but they have free resources closer to home.
Your essay was wonderful. It was a powerfully moving piece.
Great essay. Way to go!