This one takes me back to my early years as director of a village library. When Myron speaks of parking her car in an empty lot and being first in the building every morning, I remember. I was there. When she speaks of how small changes matter, or how quickly word gets around in a small town, or about her experiences with the Library Board and the City Council, I remember. I was there.
I liked Myron’s brief words about the function and value of libraries. Gratifying to me, of course, since I’ve put my life into the same project. And brief enough, I think, for the general public, who support their own libraries but may not want to become library specialists.
I have to admit, though, that I sometimes found the balance between Dewey’s biography (and hijinks) and Vicki’s biography (and difficulties) and Spencer’s history (and challenges) difficult.
I can’t wait to see what my book group (a non-library group, this time) thinks about the book.