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Friends of the Libraries: Support your local libraries

December 27, 2012|By Mary Ellen Goddard

First, I want to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year.

Secondly, I mentioned in my last article on Dec. 14 ("Suggestions for your shopping pleasure") that I wanted to know what people were reading. Then I neglected to give you a path to tell me. So if you would, please email me at costamesalibr@gmail.com and mention the authors whose books you are reading, and what you want to read later. I just finished Barbara Kingsolver's "The Lacuna" and I know it is a book I will long remember with pleasure. And as a die-hard mystery reader, I am mid-book with Ruth Rendell's "The Rottweiler."

Thirdly, I have to admit to being old enough that I remember when almost everything I bought was made in the United States. Clothes, food (except coffee) and most of the machinery, electric appliances and shoes. (And, of course, they were leather shoes.) In fact, it was as exciting then to find something made in another country as it is now to find something made in the old U.S.A.

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Now, in order to continue to compete with other countries and adjust the balance of payments, we in the United States need to begin making more of the things we use and need in our daily lives at a lower price. We need to invent, design and build them so we can sell these products not only to ourselves, but to others around the world. To do this, we need more scientists, engineers and mathematicians. And we can't just continue to hire these people from other countries. It is time we began "making our own," beginning with very young children whose imaginations are waiting to be unfolded. Parents, of course, have the first chance to light the spark, but schools and libraries and boys' and girls' clubs, among others, can play a large part.

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