The Messenger - November 2018 - 1
Making Gentle a Bruised World
Worship in the Fall
By Andrea Brown
On our recent vacation in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, we visited
two town libraries. Both were housed in simple white clapboard
buildings that may have been houses at one time; they were no
bigger than an ordinary house. But you could have spent a lifetime
in either of them. Both tiny towns kept their libraries well stocked
with current bestsellers as well as timeless classics. Each had been
thoughtful in designing rooms that would engage children's
imaginations. There were comfy chairs and elegant lights-the kind
that cry out to you: Curl up here with a good book!
So word of Lancaster Public Library's potential move to the square
that faces Binn's Park struck me as exciting. Although I have fond
memories of the current Duke Street location going all the way back
to weekly trips there during my childhood and including a 70th
birthday party there for my mom, I also know that that building has
been plagued with serious structural issues for a long time. It will be
wonderful for it to move to a new setting that's just as accessible to
the city's and county's people.
Nursery Spotlight 3
Worship Time Change: On
Sunday, November 11, we will
worship at 9 and 11am.
Pancake Breakfast in Zerr Hall
SAVE THE DATE: Ham Dinner
on December 9 at 5pm
And I was also pleased to hear that a movie theater may be its neighbor in that new location.
Now, some might argue that there's no need for movie theaters or libraries these days. You can access
movies easily in your own home; you can find mind-blowing amounts of information on the Internet.
However, there is something irreplaceable about being in the same physical space with other people-
even if we are each doing different things there or experiencing what's happening there differently.
I love a Netflix night on my own sofa, in my own attic, with my own family. But there is also something
amazing about seeing a really good movie with people who are part of my community-hearing and
feeling their reactions, even as I'm feeling my own.
I love being able to satisfy my curiosity through the miracle of Google. But it's no substitute for the
simultaneously calming and exciting feeling of entering a public library and seeing people from my
community each doing their own thing (a kid laughing out loud at a joke book, a woman browsing the
movies, a man picking the research librarian's brain to answer a nagging question)-all doing their own
thing, but together, under one roof.
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