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Reflections from a library revisited 

Posted on: October 3, 2021

I have returned to my local library in earnest. I had to avoid all our public libraries for over a year because the COVID-19 pandemic required that they be closed or operate at much reduced capacities.

When they first opened up, there was an online queue system that required me to reserve one or two-hour long slots at least the night before. These were snapped up before I could hit the enter key.

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Now that we are entering an endemic phase (i.e., trying to live with SARS-CoV2), libraries have opened up. Literally. There is more space between tables and chairs in the library and this should be the norm.

I am drafting this blog entry in the study area of my local library. In front of me are masked-up students mugging for their year-end examinations. Like me, they benefit from the well-lit, air-conditioned, and quiet surrounds. With the improved distancing, we can study and work safely.

Library display about air travel.

But now I think my local library is trolling us. Here is one photo I took of an extensive display of “travelling the world”. This is something most of us cannot do even with a few special air travel lanes.

Perhaps the display is aspirational. It is an attempt to help us look forward to better days. And that is what they should be. Better, not normal. 

Normal is a crowded library. Normal is congested streets as people make their way to work. Normal is sub-optimal and even sub-human treatment of people. We can, and must, do better.

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