Opinion: Library eased transition to Northern New York, says Ogdensburg resident
To the Editor:
I have been a member of the Ogdensburg community for 3 years. During the summer of 2018, I moved from Boston to Northern New York to establish myself in a place where I could be close to family. The first time I drove through Ogdensburg in April of 2018, I immediately noticed the library sitting pristinely on the edge of the St. Lawrence River.It was around this time I began to think of Ogdensburg as my home, it was immediate. That summer, I got a job at McDonald’s and used the library nearly every week to make sure I stayed engaged with learning.
The following summer, 2019, I used the library to find books to prepare for the presidential debates. In Republic of Spin by David Greenberg, I read about the first televised presidential debates during the 1960’s and late 1950’s in which President Kennedy was elected. I was able to experience the precursor not just to the 2019 Democratic debates but also the 2015 Republican debates that led to Donald Trump’s nomination.
That summer I’d go outside and enjoy the summer air, some nights just staring at the moon and stars. The next week I was at the library to find a book on the Voyager mission, the first mission to leave the solar system and photograph each planet. Throughout the next winter, I was at the library each week to provide entertainment for the people I was working with at United Helpers.
The library has been one of the most important reasons I love this city. Education, particularly independent education, pursuit of individual interests, as well as the availability and diversity of knowledge, are essential in any modern society. That’s why it’s super important to go vote to save it on May 18th , because it’s available to everyone.
Plus the internet is just kind of bland compared to holding a book in your hands and paper books have no white light that could disrupt people sleeping and also browsing books on a Kindle is nothing compared to how exciting it can be for a teenage kid to walk into a room knowing that he will never get to see everything in it because there is just so much damn cool stuff.