UPDATE! So, some of you might remember my post from several months ago about a "Library of the Future" essay contest I helped to judge. In the post, I gave a few examples from some of the essays, in which kids discussed their views on the future of libraries - with relatively hilarious results.
Last week, a staff member of the councilman who sponsored the essay contest very belatedly-but-kindly emailed me an contest entry that didn't make the final cut, but that he thought I might want to read anyway. He was correct. The essay is kind of amazing.
With permission, I've included the entire essay here, omitting the kid's name and the name of his high school. I'm not going to analyze it or speculate on what it means for the actual future of libraries or make any of my usual cynical remarks. I just want you to read it and draw your own conclusions.
Okay, I'll make ONE cynical remark: with statements like "The library of the future will be a hellish place and should be abandoned," I hope this kid grows up to be an award-winning horror writer and not, for example, a library director. Alls I'm sayin'.