What Do Libraries Smell Like?

Every Christmas when I was small, I was given amongst other things a collection of books. I think my love for reading started when I learned how to read at 5 years old. Since then I have read many books on all different subjects – fact, fiction, how to’s, how don’ts; a wealth of knowledge can be obtained from reading. As I child, I was known as “the book worm”.

I always had my head in a book – I would go to sleep and wake up in the morning with crumpled pages and book corners poking my eyes out! Enid Blyton was my favourite author. I would read all about the magic of fairyland and dolls coming to life to make mischief! Then I discovered “The Secret Seven” from my father’s book case which happened to be the first in a series of Secret Seven Mysteries! Oh what joy! As I got older, “The Naughtiest Girl in the School”, again by Enid Blyton, was a series of books that I was absolutely fascinated with.

At school I would spend my lunch hour in the library studying and boy, did I get bullied for that! On a Saturday I would browse through the art shop, across the street to the book shop and then straight to the library! It was a wonderful old library; dark wooden book cases that stretched from the floor to the ceiling, filled with books on all subjects! Files of little drawers with cards in them, documenting all of the books in the building – what they were, where they were, who the author was and numbered – so many numbers! The large old Victorian staircase with lovely polished oak rails stretched to the first floor that was filled with works of art. Amongst the maze of bookcases, tables and chairs were laid out for one to sit and read or study. And the smell! The smell of old books was the most wonderful smell that I will never forget!

Nowadays however the e-book seems to have taken over from traditional books. If you don’t know what an e-book is, it’s an “electronic” book that one can download from the internet and read immediately. You don’t have to go to the store to buy it or to the library to borrow it. E-books don’t weigh anything, they only take up space on your hard drive – they can be printed out if you so wish – anyone can write an e-book! However, there is something lacking in an e-book that normal books have. The feel of a leather bound book in your hand, the smell of the paper – nothing can take away the thrill of that!

Do you know what a library smells like? I do!

Library Science Degree Online Program – A Degree That Can Take You Places

Graduating from a library science degree online is a solid achievement both in terms of its importance to society and one’s career. Many librarians today hold this degree and there is no question that they are in a profession that is very significant.

For one thing, librarians are custodians of information. Library users rely on them for information that nurtures their talents and provide a solid base for them to develop into fruitful citizens.

Think about it. Many of the world’s intellectuals and scientists cultivated interests in their fields from early in their lives. As youngsters, they used to go down to libraries and read books and magazines of interest. Who do you think would have helped them to source those books? None other than librarians.

But the role of librarians have gone beyond merely telling library users where they can find books or telling chatty kids to be quiet.

In today’s information age and increasing demand for non-traditional types of information such as CDs and database sources, librarians need to be well trained in information technology. Furthermore, they need to have their fingers on the pulse of the type of information that their users are demanding.

Librarians use the latest information technologies to perform research, archive and classify material and help patrons locate hard to find information on databases. For the modern day librarian to function effectively, he needs certain skills. This is where a library science degree online comes in.

This degree trains students to apply the tools of knowledge management and information technology to information storage and material. And let us not forget that libraries have to pay the bills. Librarians with significant experience can end up in positions of management as well.

By doing a library science degree online, you are giving yourself a degree of flexibility that is not available with campus based degree programs. For example, you can study at your own pace whether you are home or at the office.

Online degree programs can be completed anywhere you have a computer connection. It does not matter if you live in a big city or in the mountains of Colorado.

As a holder of this degree, you will be pleased to know that the median salary of a librarian is highly respectable. And if you move up the ladder and end up in library management – you will earn even more.

When you are ready to pursue this degree program, it is critical to ensure that the university you intend on applying to fulfills a particular criterion. Once this criterion is fulfilled, you would have significant increased your employability in the field.

Family Library

“I cannot live without books” Thomas Jefferson once said. No one should live without books! Books uplift. Books inspire. Books teach. The teaching done through books encompasses many areas: vocabulary, life experiences, knowledge, learning, and the list goes on and on. There is no doubt that books are important.

A library is, according to Webster’s Dictionary, “A place in which literary, musical, artistic, or reference materials (as books, manuscripts, recordings, or films) are kept for use but not for sale.” A Family Library is more than just a collection of books that a family accumulates. A family library is a library of books that a family accumulates for themselves and their posterity. Great care should go into the collecting of books for this library, because the family knows the worth of such a library. Many great men in history had their own extensive family libraries. Thomas Jefferson sold his collection of 6, 487 books to re-start the library of congress. That is an admirably sized library!

Why have your own library of books?

Why go through the expense and trouble of creating your own family library? There are many reasons, but I only plan to include the more important ones.

The first reason is so that you and your family are always learning. “It is a great mistake to think that education is finished when young people leave school. Education is never finished.” Mrs. Child in The Mother’s Book. A good friend of mine, in a recent email correspondence about my collecting a library of books for my family, related the following:

“What is really interesting about having so many books in your home, as it relates to my recent splurge, is that a book I purchased has a chapter about the economics of good test scores in schools. The study tried to identify what parents do that has an impact on how well their children do on standardized tests. One positive correlation they found was with the availability of a large number of books in the home. This had a stronger correlation than even reading to your children every day. Really interesting, huh? The more books your older kids have access to at home, the more likely they are to just be reading for fun, rather than having to wait for weekly trips to the library.”

I have been homeschooling my children using the philosophy of A Thomas Jefferson Education inspired by Oliver Van DeMille, Founder and President of George Wythe College . This philosophy of learning is based on the reading of classic books. Clifton Fadiman said, “When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before.” Classic books also make you smarter and wiser! The wisdom comes in the examples in the lives of the protagonists. You see consequences to choices made- whether good or bad. Classic books are not ashamed about including God, morals and good values in the text and influences of the story.

“It is within our power to guide our youth in their reading and to cultivate in their hearts a desire for good books. It is most unfortunate where a person is not possessed with the desire for good reading. The reading habit, like charity, should begin at home.” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 3, pp. 203-4).

Carefully Choosing Literature

It is important to understand the worth of a good book when you are deciding what books to add to our family’s library. Just as in movies and other influences in our lives they can affect our thoughts and choices. They can affect whether or not we improve our minds and lives or remain stagnant.

Inappropriate literature has always been around. What concerns me is how deceptively modern political agendas, sin and other filth are creeping into literature even for the youngest people; and how they are becoming so widely accepted. They are now found in school and public libraries. Sadly, many people today believe that it’s okay to make allowances here and there. Some don’t even know what is in the literature that their children are reading. Now is the time to make a change. It is important to be careful about what we read.

“There is no question that books do something to us. Some works of art can lift our spirits and ennoble us, while other works can degrade and debase us-or they can affect us at any number of points between those extremes, for literature is seldom simply good or bad…

Reaching a solution through the Spirit, it seems to me, leads us to realize that because life and time are short, we will be able to read only a few thousand books in our lifetimes. When we pick any book, we are ruling out hundreds and thousands of other books. How important it is, then, to choose time-proven great books that will foster the Holy Spirit and enable us to rise to greater levels of truth and beauty and insight and understanding and, hence, spirituality. Many great men and women have found that a steady, systematic approach to literature has enabled them to fill their beings, in a lifetime of good reading, with the great thoughts of men and women of all the ages, for through reading great books we are put in touch with the great minds of all time, and we become their spiritual and intellectual heirs.” George W. Pace in Nov. 1993 New Era

Mrs. Child, author of The Mother’s Book (1831) who wrote the following, “With regard to the kind of books that are read, great precaution should be used. No doubt the destiny of individuals has very often been decided by volumes accidentally picked up and eagerly devoured at a period of life when every new impression is powerful and abiding. For this reason, parents, or some guardian friends, should carefully examine every volume they put into the hands of young people.” By creating our own family library of good, wholesome books we can be careful what goes into the minds of our family members.

What Books To Add

I suggest beginning by creating a book list that you wish to read. Only put the books on there that will improve you, inspire or teach you. Get access to as many recommended Classic book lists as you can.  Do a search online for extensive classic book lists for ideas.

Surprisingly, classic books are very inexpensive. I try to get hardcover only for those books that I think will be read often. There are many great places to find them online and also locally. Check out used books stores. Don’t forget to go with your lists!

“It is the duty of every parent to provide in his home a library of suitable books to be at the service of the family. The library need not be large, nor the books of the most expensive binding, but there should be a well chosen variety of the most select that can be obtained.” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 3, pp. 203-4).

If good literature is important enough to you, you will find a way to afford it. Enjoy putting together and working on your family library.