As our nation progresses even deeper into a socialist society where we depend on our government to take care of us, this sign I found shouldn't have surprised me. After all, you can now go to your local library to surf the web, rent movies, rent CD's, attend meetings, read the latest Hollywood gossip magazine and evidently, borrow some fishing gear. Gone are the days when people actually go to the library to read books. Yet my jaw almost hit the book in my hand when I saw the above sign.
At the Macomb library where this sign was found, the tiny room with three computers was packed with people surfing the web or waiting in line while I went over to the card catalog that was relegated to a corner of the room with a thick layer of dust on top of it. Upstairs where the books were, the place was deserted and I had the entire top two floors to myself during my stay. The only people I saw were those surfing the internet or checking out the videos when I went to the bottom floor to use the card catalog.
My own local library, though it doesn't loan out fishing equipment yet as far as I know, has emptied itself of books and now gives well over three-fourths of the space for movies, computers, displays, daycare center and Hollywood gossip magazines. There is perhaps only three rows of actual books and of those, 80% are fictional romance or westerns. It has completely turned itself into a welfare outlet for the poor who can't afford to surf the internet at home, rent a movie at the local video outlet that is almost completely dead, subscribe to a magazine or newspaper most of which are also dying, look after their children while they are surfing the internet or display the wares of the local starving artists. Instead, they rely on those of us who pay the lions share of taxes to support their habits which evidently don't include reading books. Perhaps when the libraries loan out Kindles they will once again take up reading if only trashy romance novels. I'm not going to hold my breath.