Guide Book

To this traveler, an adult new reader,
the library is as strange as Timbuktu

Online catalogues and databases
an indecipherable alphabet.

But here the librarian, Genius Loci, reads
the body language of anxiety, knows

that synchronicity cannot be digitized
and that not everyone

in the wired world
is wired.

She leads the traveler toward
the first vista, an explanation

of subject headings
while they walk to the stacks

and shelf-read together until
inevitable Eureka!

The traveler finds not walls but
entry to a destination:

one book meant for now
and others that wait for later.

Vicki Grieve
Instructor, College & Career Preparation
Winner – Employee Category, 2006 Library Poster Contest

Last updated April 3, 2007 cb

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