Freelance writer Mary Grace Becker found a certain isolation in working from home. So, once a week, she heads to the library…a place, she says, where she can sense the energy around her, see families, and be a part of something. In this week’s “Citizen Report,” Becker describes the energy of a place known for its quiet.

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(The “Citizen Report” is a collaboration between the Colorado Springs Gazette and KRCC. More information is available at the YourHub link at ColoradoSprings.com.)

 

5 Responses to Citizen Report: For the Love of the Library

  1. Debbie K says:

    Thank you so much for your insightful and spot on description of the Briargate Branch. As one of the original staff to open the Briargate Branch I’ve seen first hand the tremendous growth (and occasional chaos) that happens here. It’s a very fun, exciting and sometimes trying place to work, but for the employees, it’s the only place we want to be.

  2. Lynne Proctor says:

    Thank you Mary Grace for taking the time to voice your well spoken appreciation of our library services. Ben Franklin, the founder of free public libraries in the US, would be so glad to hear that his ideals for open access to information continue and have expanded into a place of enrichment for the whole community – young and old. We are a well used community resource so at the tired end of a very busy day, this is just what we need to hear.

  3. [...] Freelance writer Mary Grace Becker has written a piece about the Briargate Branch for Citizen Report, a partnership between The Colorado Springs Gazette and KRCC. She writes about her trip “to the library, the birthplace of inspiration for readers and writers and needy community dwellers everywhere.” The personal, eloquent account of her visit can be read by clicking here. She also read her words for broadcast on KRCC, which can be heard by clicking here. [...]

  4. Anon says:

    Inspired, poetic, profound, and absolutely true! What better expression for what makes us human than to describe the institution which ties our thoughts together throughout the ages. And you make the parallel to this “humaness” perfectly in your vivid presentation of the chaotic calmness that the library experience seems to instill in all of us. Excellent piece!

  5. I just listened to Mary Grace Becker’s report on the library. What a lovely story-teller she is! She has a beautiful voice, as she speaks metaphorically of the inspiration she receives @ her library branch. Thank you, Mary Grace. I understand the sentiment well from my own E Library. And, the views are breath-taking as well.

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