One of Benjamin Franklin's best ideas was recognizing the need for public libraries.
Recently, I picked up a book from the library that I have been waiting to read. It had been sent from York. Someone in York had trust that I would be a responsible library patron and that I would return this book in the same condition in a timely fashion. I don't know anyone in York, but because of the South Carolina lending program, I have the privilege of borrowing their book without any cost or inconvenience to me.
As I was checking out, some foreign students who are traveling in the U.S. this summer stopped in and asked to use the Internet. Libraries are not dusty, musty institutions, but a resource always adapting to the needs of its community. Libraries are connected.
The library is the perfect place to spend an afternoon on our hazy, hot and humid South Carolina summer days.
Let's remember to support the library in these difficult economic times. And while you are there, you might discover other brilliant ideas of our Founding Fathers that are also relevant and still working after 235 years.