Okay, they're not girls, they're women. And the names have been changed to protect the innocent. But I present this as evidence of the enormous success of the Howard County Library System in our community.
Setting: Facebook Characters: Scarlet, Maura, Lisa, Anna, Theresa, Barb, Leigh, Hailey.
Scarlet: Going to the library feels like winning the lottery.
Maura: So true!
Scarlet: I mean, woah!!!
Lisa: Free knowledge!
Lisa: Paid by our tax dollars. ;-)
Anna: Oh. I thought you meant that half the books were lost to taxes and distant relatives began coming out of the woodwork to hit you up for favors.
Theresa: No way man! I always return books late. I vow never to step foot back in that place.
Scarlet: Those librarians will break your kneecaps.
Barb: I love the library. I've given my out-of-town family members tours of the Miller Branch
Scarlet: I feel like wearing a cocktail dress when I go in the Miller Branch...with the floor lighting and marble and fountains.
Scarlet: Actually, mostly I want other people to wear cocktail dresses there with me. I'll bring a flask!
Barb: It's a date! I like Jäger or Black Velvet Toasted Caramel.
Scarlet: We can pretend like we're taking prom pictures.
Leigh: I have always wanted to have a party at the library. And any excuse to wear a cocktail dress really
Scarlet: I may need to create an event.
Leigh: Why not, it's public domain. Bring the party to the library.
Hailey: They do have that fancy event in February I think-- Evening at the Sax or something like that. Dress up gala event at Miller. Sounds right up your alley!!
Scarlet: Let's show up in January and mess with them!
Barb: I'm in!
This conversation is almost a mini focus group unto itself. What I love about it is the genuine enthusiasm for the library which all these women share. Unsolicited, unexpected praise is a wonderful thing. How fortunate we are to live in a community that invests in its libraries.
Sometimes I wonder what people are saying about me, behind my back. I can only hope it's as wonderful as this.