The library isn’t something the average person thinks about each day, so I was thrilled to find news of the Detroit Public Library in Rochelle Riley’s Free Press column today. Reading Movement Just Keeps Growing sets Jo Anne Mondowney in the spotlight as the new director of the DPL. What’s Mondowney’s goal? “…to entice book lovers from across southeast Michigan into its main building on Woodward Avenue and its 23 branches around the city.” Amen.
Ms. Riley makes specific mention of the Leonard Pitts appearance that took place a few weeks ago. Apparently Mondowney hoped “a few folks would stop by,” but the reading underground must have gotten wind and “more than 300…packed the library auditorium for a standing-room-only celebration of a writer and his words.”
No doubt director Mondowney deserves kudos for her efforts to circle patrons back to the doors of our public libraries. See, I am one of those people who utilizes the library several times a week, and as a book fanatic I can’t think of a more laudable institution. Mondowney clearly feels the same. Our local libraries see books as an intelligent way to inspire community, conversation, and expansion and it’s exciting to realize that vision is gaining momentum.
*Support your local bookstores, universities, and libraries. It matters!
-Post by Megan Shaffer