If You Need A Retreat This Holiday Season …

Go to your local library.

Sick of hearing a thousand bad versions of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”?  Go to the library. The sound you’ll hear most prominently is silence.

Sick of malls and buying stuff and being reminded to buy stuff?  Go to the library.  It’s one of the very few places that doesn’t want your money.  It wants you.

Photo of Stuttgart City Library

Sick of crowds, small talk, socializing?  Go to the library.  Crowded it ain’t.  Talking is discouraged.

Visit the library instead of the bookstore or the coffee shop.  Libraries are in as much danger of becoming extinct as newspapers are.

You’ll be mentally, emotionally, and spiritually rejuvenated while you support your community at the same time.

And there’s free Wi-Fi.

Whatever you choose to do, and I mean this literally and sincerely, take care of yourselves.


10 thoughts on “If You Need A Retreat This Holiday Season …

      1. I haven’t been to one in a few years. And the last time I went it was because I took my pre-schoolers there. We went weekly during the summer time. I don’t think I realized, I enjoyed going as much as they did! Merry Christmas!


  1. Oh I wish I could say this is true about our library, Melene. It’s almost always busy, and people talk on their cell phones inside the library, do you believe that? And the librarians don’t even try to shush people who talk loudly. I grew up in love with libraries, and even got a Master’s degree in Library Science when I was 40 years old, just so I could work in one. I think the “real” library is already extinct. The library that exists now is very different from the one I loved all my life. Don’t get me wrong, I still love and use my library for its resources, but it’s definitely not the place to go if you want peace and quiet. (Sorry, this is a pet peeve of mine so I could go on and on about it….) I’m really glad your library is a quiet place though!


    1. Wow… I’m really shocked at that. I’ve lived in libraries in my city and they’re always very quiet and the people there are very respectful of other people. I don’t have one bad library experience. I didn’t realize how lucky I was. I feel bad that everyone doesn’t have a library system like mine. I understand how it could be such a pet peeve.


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