I grew up a child of the library. I borrowed books. I read books. I researched college research papers. I did it all in my local public library and my campus libraries. The library was the safe haven — the Smart Place — it was a niche where I fit in because I created my own intellectual indentations that nobody else could question unless I decided to share what I was thinking.
Children today don’t have buildings called libraries that mean the same thing to them that it means to people of my generation. Kids today have virtual hangout places like the internets, and if they want to find something to read to reflect upon or research, they just fire up The Google and all their boring inquiries are returned unimagined.