We are pleased that county commissioners have seen fit to provide the remainder of the funding needed for the Person County Public Library to move ahead with its purchase of a bookmobile.
The idea of a van or bus loaded with books, traveling around the county, may seem quaint, but for those who use the resource, it is an invaluable godsend.
Whether we realize it or not, there are people in our county who do not have a way to get to the lone library facility in Person County. Yet, they are equally as entitled to make use of public services as a person who has the ability to go where they want. The bookmobile addresses that need by bringing the books to the readers.
Few would doubt the value of reading. It opens our minds to limitless possibilities. It makes us think. Reading is powerful because it allows us to convey and receive information, whether it’s for general knowledge or imperative information we need to know.
It should come as no surprise that a newspaper values reading skills, but beyond our own self-serving interest, the ability to read is worth so much more. You may recall the old Johnny Cash movie The Pride of Jesse Hallam, in which Cash, as the main character, ran into trouble navigating basic life skills because he couldn’t read. Cash’s character found it impossible to pass his driver’s license test because he couldn’t read. Once he acquired the skill, the driver’s license test was not a problem.
In short, reading is almost a basic life survival skill.
The county commissioners decision to spend about $50,000 on the project was made easier by the fact that the state had awarded the library a $100,000 grant to the bookmobile. And library staff and supporters went out and raised another $11,000 from other grants and the public.
We look forward to the day – probably in about eight months, when the site of a colorful Person County bookmobile traveling along Person County’s roads will begin to become a common sight.