william.scherk Posted June 29, 2018 Share Posted June 29, 2018 (edited) I'm a Library Hound. I like going on university campuses and heading for the stacks. I love a backpack full of books coming home from the local. The local library branches are fearsomely busy sites of devotion, kid zones, reading activities, reading camps, reading clubs, kid rooms. Yes, some of the readings are done from screens, but half the shelves in the local joint are Kidzone. I kid you not. Fully half of the sober and silent scholars at the the tables are under voting age Maybe Canadians per se are big library hounds young and old. It could do with the old system of private endowments. Libraries expect to be lavishly-funded, over-patronized, and feel happiest when they are burgeoning multi-media centres for literacy. I don't know how I would test my general impressions or the degree of hounditude in the age of Amazon, e-books, inter-library loans, book festivals, children's lit festivals, and so on. Although my houndosity has made me visit every metropolitan library I have been near to, in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and suburbs, and overseas, and my Canadian samples seem infested with youth ... where do we get comparative statistics?. My visit to the Seattle Library made me think that they have just as many mad young hounds for reading as any other local I've seen up here. My total impression of "fiction" reading is of course missing. I don't go in and look over every shoulder. It's still kind of sad that Wolf feels isolated from a Man's Man cohort of readers. They are there and he is there and it is shitty that they don't meet. For all of his poor-me whinging, he has a great facility for words. He is driven. He pokes out the volumes. How to hook him up with the kind of hounds I see wherever I go in the reading subculture? Edited June 29, 2018 by william.scherk Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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