In 2019, the early onslaught of the holidays can be overwhelming for some. Though a very special time for many, the pressure of consumerism and socialization can be a challenge – particularly if one is dealing with the cold of a poorly insulated suite, inadequate winter clothing or perhaps a lack of permanent shelter altogether.
At this time of year, the public library provides a refuge from consumerism and cavity-sweet promotional campaigns – you don’t need to spend a dime here, but you are encouraged to loiter, rest, dream a while. Libraries are the great equalizers: the library is warm, comfortable, wheelchair accessible and free; library cards are available to all, including those without a permanent address; libraries enable public access to reliable information and provide opportunities for meaningful community connection through a variety of free programming, from open mics to LEGO club, book clubs, knitting groups, language learning opportunities and more. Libraries are not the hushed book depositories they once were but cherished public spaces.
The evolving role of libraries has been the subject of many articles appearing in publications such as “Macleans”. Recently, this also became the subject of a film starring Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling and Emilio Estevez. On Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 pm (doors 6:30 pm) the Gibsons Public Library hosts a free screening of “The Public”. Seeking shelter from Cincinnati’s bitter cold, homeless patrons stage a sit-in at a public library, which escalates into a police standoff and media sideshow. This arresting new drama from Emilio Estevez explores issues surrounding homelessness, mental health and community. To register, call the library at 604-886-2130.
See you at the library.