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So This is the Library

This information age is both exciting and frustrating.  Exciting because we are witnessing great new discoveries in every field.  Just think about all of the things that were once thought to be science fiction that are now in our daily lives.  In fact, our grandparents would have thought us to be crazy if we told them about a small device that a person could hold in their hand to use as a phone, computer (they would have asked…”what is a computer?”), take pictures, use for getting news, and a “must have” to do business in the 21st century.

The frustration is that with all of the knowledge now available, how can there be so many people that choose to live devoid of seeking to learn?  Schools are often blamed for not educating our young people, but the truth is that there has to be a desire to learn for any teacher to be successful.  We know that many families are in such turmoil or chaos that children do not have the environment, encouragement, or expectation from parents to learn. 

Our founders knew the importance of knowledge.  They were men who were well read.  The value of studying history, theology, philosophy, government, art, and culture were critically important in the founding documents of the USA.  The Library of Congress was established by John Adams in 1800 when the national government moved to Washington.  It was understood that a free republic could only function if the elected leaders and the people were educated.  In the darkness of ignorance, evil men plan ways to control and manipulate the populace.  Sadly, ignorance is not hard to find.

Two teenagers burst through the front door and raced to the counter with an empty pillowcase.

“Put it in!” They demanded of the clerk.

“Put what in?” the attendant asked.

“The money. Put it in and nobody’ll get hurt,” they barked.

The puzzled library attendant, who had less than $1 in collected fines in the petty cash box, ducked out the door and called the police. They, too, were dumbfounded.

“It’s the first attempted library robbery I ever heard of,” said one cop, scratching his head.

The only plausible explanation was that the two careless crooks got the Grandon City, Kansas, bank mixed up with the library. The two buildings are a block apart on corner locations, and at the time, the bank’s exterior was partially obstructed by scaffolding.

The youths, believed to be runaways from Florida, were nabbed by police hours after the bungled heist. In keeping with their crime, the bonehead bandits were taken into custody and promptly “booked”?  (Copied).