There is such a thing called street knowledge – knowledge that equips you to navigate safely and successfully. The power of knowledge is something that we thought about this week in NYC when we ran into the most appealing public library we’ve seen in years. The organization Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization with more than 100,000 little libraries like this in public space worldwide. Primarily provided and maintained by volunteers, these literary kiosks hold miles of treasure, free for the taking. Truthfully, seeing books so publicly lauded and traded may give you hope for the future.
With the advent of smartphones and Social Media the public might be reading fewer books – and sometimes it feels like there is a “dumbing down” of your average lad because of the procurers of digital “content” play to the lowest common denominator. Not to mention that many young people feel like the stuff they see on their phones is plainly mean-spirited, demoralizing even. According to the American Psychological Association “teens today spend more time on Digital Media, less time reading”.
Longtime aerosol vandal and literacy activist READER aka READ MORE aka BOOKS aka BOOKMAN (and more!) has been encouraging citizens, particularly our youth, for many years to crack a book and self-educate because he knows that knowledge is power. So now you know.