Libraries and learning

To the Editor:

The Southwest Harbor Library was recently awarded its seventh consecutive five-star rating, an honor granted to less than 4 percent of the nation’s public libraries. Congratulations to Candy Emlen and the entire Southwest Harbor Library staff!

I’ve been in most of the libraries on Mount Desert Island, and they all are great, providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere to learn more about the world and people around us, or just to be entertained.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to learn more about the past, present and likely future of our world, libraries are a great place to start.

One of my own resolutions is to continue learning about how humans are affecting our climate. To that end, I can recommend two books recently acquired by the Southwest Harbor Library.

One is called “The Warming Papers,” edited by Archer and Pierrehumbert. These eminent climatologists have assembled key academic papers that outline the foundations of climate science rigorously developed over the past 190 years.

The second, “The Water Will Come” by Jeff Goodell, is less technical. It shows how the rising sea levels made inevitable by global warming are remaking the civilized world and how different areas are preparing for that. Or not.

No matter what your interests may be, MDI’s libraries and their staff are willing and able to help you.

Happy New Year!

John Fehlauer

Mount Desert

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