Visit local library, and libraries elsewhere

To the editor:

I applaud Ruth Bass's latest article about libraries (Feb. 15,) and couldn't agree more. Having personally visited almost 400 different ones, including every single one in Berkshire County, I can speak with some authority that they are thriving, dynamic places that may surprise newcomers as to the richness of their offerings.

So get out and visit your local library, or better still, go to some out-of-town ones. It's a great way to see the real heart of small towns and get away from the strip malls, fast food joints, and urban sprawl that define so much of our communities nowadays.

Sam Barrett, Sheffield