Since I started this library project, more than a few people have asked me about my motivations or, to put it bluntly, why I’m doing this. It’s a good question, and not just because the digital age is threatening to make the physical book a thing of the past.
The other day, when the intersection of Rt. 1 and Cherry Hill was closed and I found myself trapped in the car for more than an hour on the way home from work, I heard a story on NPR about the writer Ann Patchett, who is opening a bookstore in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. As expected, one of the first questions asked of her was, “Why are you opening an independent bookstore similar stores across the country are going out of business.”
Among her answers were, “This is what I want to see in Nashville, and if I want to live in a city with a bookstore, then I’m willing to pay for it.”
I completely understand where she’s coming from, for, in the end, I have a similar reason for launching the library. When you get right down to it, I want to live in a town with a library–a place people can go to be around books and to be around other people who value books.
If you feel the same way, I invite you to join us in our efforts to bring the library to life.