Governor Perry’s Un-Library according to the picture in the Houston Chronicle has no books. The library furnishings are beautiful, decor tasteful, but there isn’t a book in sight. Even if the library is solely for guests, there should be shelves of books indicating a literary/sophisticated atmosphere. Or maybe the decorator could put a few books around on tables as a gesture of friendliness and an indication that people in Texas can read. Considering Laura Bushes love for and promotion of reading books, she must be disappointed at the state of her former home.
Even beyond education and enjoyment, books speak special languages. My librarian friends tell me that children often smell a book before deciding to check it out. If it smells just right, they take it. They feel the texture of its cover before making a selection. Selecting an attractive book can open a new world of curiosity and learning. Let’s also remember how third graders who must write book reports weigh the book as well as look at the number of pages.