• Help with tech

    We can help

    with e-books,

    other issues:

    Sign up at desk

  • Read to the pup

    Chopper listens:

    3:30 p.m. every

    Monday

  • Get published!

    We're publishing

    Wimberley Voices:

    Ask us about it

  • Tech help is here

    Sign up for

    free help

    with your iPad

  • Can you spell?

    Sponsor a team

    in our Adult Bee:

    Ask us how

  • She's coming in April

    Fairy Godmother:

    Here at 3:30 p.m.

    on April 17!

  • Have a hero?

    Bring us a photo

    and we'll put on display

    on and after May 31.

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7

Search the Catalog

Librarian Blog

  • Raining on Parade

    Poor Parade magazine is a mere shadow of its once proud self. I don't even look for it in my...

  • Wouldn't be happening

    If we didn't have volunteers, we'd be in deep trouble here at the library. Unlike some libraries across...

About Ukraine:
  • Votes: (0%)
  • Votes: (0%)
  • Votes: (0%)
  • Votes: (0%)
  • Votes: (0%)
  • Votes: (0%)
  • Votes: (0%)
Total Votes:
First Vote:
Last Vote:
Text Size

I hope the full-page ad on the back of The New York Times Book Review section on Sunday is creating some buzz.

It certainly caught my attention, as a reader and a librarian.

The ad's main headlines say this: "Who will save our books? Our bookstores? Our libraries?"

A text block ends with this question: "What will happen if there are no more books like these?" Then, there's a list of more than three dozen best-of-all-time English-language books, everything from "The Sun Also Rises" to "The Armies of the Night" to "The Years of Lyndon Johnson."

And the ad winds up with a quote from James Patterson (of all people) that asks whether anyone really cares about the future of libraries, bookstores and books.

Clearly someone cares passionately about the subject. Ads in the Times are not cheap.

But, no one claims ownership of this particular campaign. There is no logo to indicate who paid for the ad.

Maybe it's what's called a "house ad," that is, one that the Times ran on its own without sponsorship.

It doesn't matter. The sentiments are well-stated if over-stated. Quite a number of editorialists and librarians and people in state, local and federal governments care about what happens to books and libraries. And the disappearance of books and libraries doesn't seem imminent.

But, what do I know? I worry more about the future of newspapers, a subject not addressed by the advertiser.

Add comment


Security code
Refresh