The library has lost a great friend

Published 7:00 am Friday, July 15, 2016

The public library will always hold a special place in my heart.
As a young adult, instead of typing my questions into a search engine on the Internet, I went to a physical location and searched through books for answers.
To this day, I prefer reading hardcover and paperback books versus downloading them through the Internet.
Reading a book, especially in a library, is a noteworthy experience.
During high school, I always felt so smart when I sat in the library surrounded by a mountain of reference books.
Yes, the research may take longer, but it’s so satisfying to see the results of your hard work.
When I heard about the passing of Friends of the Crosby Library member, Clifford Randy Holland, I knew the library had lost a great asset.
In a world that is slowly turning its back on the printed word, it’s nice to know there are groups and people such as Randy and his wife keeping libraries alive in our communities.
I often saw he and Kathleen at events and spoke on the phone with her about press releases regarding upcoming events at the library.
At times likes these, I wish I had known more about Randy Holland.
I do know that our community will certainly mourn the loss of Randy Holland.
My mom was a librarian in Hancock County for many years and she often spoke of the generosity of the library’s patrons.
They are the backbone of our library systems.
Libraries provide a quiet place for reflection and study, story hours for our children and a wealth of knowledge that has sustained our desire to learn for decades.

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