In what was perhaps the most poignant episode in its five-season run, The Twilight Zone gave us “Time Enough at Last”, the story of Henry Bemis…a mild-mannered bank teller who wants only peace, and quiet…and the chance to read.
His customers view him with contempt; his wife, with scorn. In one pivotal scene, a workplace supervisor denounces him angrily, saying, “You, Mr. Bemis, are a reader! A reader of books, of magazines, of periodicals, and newspapers!”
Even as a child, I was extraordinarily proud to be all of those things. I knew –and was in awe of– the infinite possibilities held in those pages….and in the magical building where every page did reside. The library was, and is, a sort of secular church.
This Sunday, we’ll be joined by two people who help to broaden the library’s reach: Jane Salisbury, Supervisor of Outreach Services, and Melissa Madenski, Adult Literacy Coordinator for Multnomah County Library.
The show will also feature another “Outlook Portland Editorial Reply”, brought to you by our marquee sponsor, Things From Another World. This week’s guest editorialist: the leader of the Decepticons: Megatron.