The great joy of read­ing a book

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Com­put­ers in li­braries

If you don’t like books, you don’t have to burn them, just put them in the hands of the Hamil­ton Pub­lic Li­brary. I am visit­ing fam­ily in Hamil­ton and am aghast to see the lack of books at the Cen­tral Li­brary. Years ago, the down­town li­brary was my favourite place to go.

Now, I live in Vancouver. Vancouver’s Cen­tral Li­brary has books. Oh sure, on a com­puter, you might be able to view a screen of book cov­ers and click on a few pages here and there, but you can’t pick up the whole book and flip to any page and deeply ap­pre­ci­ate the story or knowl­edge that it is shar­ing with you.

From what I have seen, why even bother with the down­town li­brary or call it that. Just call it a big com­puter lab, rather than plac­ing a few books here and there as a ruse to make the pub­lic think (if they ac­tu­ally do) that it is a li­brary. Diane Collins, Vancouver

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