Providence, RI – All of us have found ourselves in a library at some point in our lives. On their surface, libraries are bricks and mortar structures that house books and other publications. Yet, as Deborah Barchi tells us, libraries serve a much larger purpose in our lives, a purpose that extends far beyond their physical holdings.
Barchi has been a librarian for 30 years, and is currently director of the Barrington Public Library. A passionate reader since the age of 8, she has many fond memories of peddling her old Columbia bike up Academy Avenue in Providence to the Mt. Pleasant Branch Library each Saturday afternoon, and then pedaling back home with 10 books (the maximum allowed) in her bike basket.