Love of Library: Returning the old LOL to a new generation

Loving Our LibraryLOL

Yes, these are the times where letters literally become words. OMG! Please tell me you knew that and that you know what OMG means.

Love of Library: Returning the old LOL to a new generation

While we continue to walk amongst each other on planet earth, many of us are virtually (pun intended) living in cyberspace. So, in addition to the possible success of Space X that might lead to life on Mars, those of us who are fully present on the ground must grabble with the ‘cyber zombie syndrome.’

Many within the older generations especially have come to accept this new normal, but even while we appreciate our age of science and technology with all its benefits, might there be some ordinary old things and places that are worth preserving?

Okay for the cyber-savvy amongst us, you might be wondering if the author has ever heard of eBooks or understand the idea behind the Kindle. Well, the answer is yes! So, please before we lol at this idea, might we explore the benefits of Love of Library for our upcoming young people;

I am not sure how many of us are aware, but currently, many of our children are being officially diagnosed with ADHD.

Love of Library: Returning the old LOL to a new generation

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Those without the official diagnosis, there is the matter of holding their attention. While books and articles might be read online, the person remains within an environment with high distractions. The ping of Facebook to name just one, no undue target to Facebook of course.

Within the library context, the individual is being trained to focus. It is the type of focus that has the advantage of training the mind to silence itself and retain its attention to the task at hand. Giving the added advantage of being in flow is a proven part of good study habits.

The advantages of Loving Our Library, going to the library, choosing a book and reading, or even taking the book home and finding a quiet spot, also has the advantage of teaching mindfulness.

Surprise, surprise, one of the highest reported concerns for our younger generation is anxiety. Could we really be surprised when from being awake, sometimes during sleep, and until our very final second of being awake at night, it’s a ping. Each ping brings with it some demand even if social and pleasurable. Let’s not forget that this era of the selfie has been found to create depression in some as they compare self to others. We need to breathe, and this is what happens at our library. The entire environment provides a break from it all, while the action of choosing and reading a book there or at home teaches us to ignore intruding thoughts and remain in the present. As simple as it sounds, that is at the base of this idea of mindfulness, which has been found to be good for our mental health.

So, it’s no same ole, same ole, when it comes to loving our libraries. Guess what also?  EBooks have their rightful place, Kindles have their rightful place, and our libraries have their rightful place.

Love of Library: Returning the old LOL to a new generation

Photo – Dominica Public Library

So, let’s LOL the old-fashioned way right alongside all the laughs out loud. Surely, our current generation and our society would be the better for it. ‘WDYT’, I am not sure if this is one of those letter words, but one day it might be. What do you think?

By Kerriann Toby

Kerriann Toby holds a Master of Counselling and Bachelor of Psychology. She is a dynamic therapist, trained mediator; and educator since 2000. In addition to being a trained educator, mediator, and therapist, she is a certified Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Professional. Kerriann has also trained in cyber counseling and holds clinical registration with Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) & Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

In mid-October 2015 she initiated operations of KarryOn geared toward the provision of a variety of enhancement and developmental services for the individual, groups and the organization; e-Coaching/Counseling, Mediation, EAP Services and the creative presentation of psycho-social information. She can be reached at



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