To The Editor:
I do not believe I have ever seen a line in front of a library’s door until this Saturday,10/19/2013.
More than 30 children/young adults, ages 11-15/16 standing excitedly , talking among themselves, without any interfering devices, without texting, without ear/head phones, just looking at each other and using spoken language as means of communication.
They were all waiting for the start of the “Dystopian Night”, event organized by the Fairfield Public Library.
It took place in the Main Library’s Building from 6 pm to 8 15 pm on Sat .night.
Our 11 year old came home stating that it was the Best Night of her life and she can hardly wait until the summer when there is the promise of a similar event.
It all evolved around the most recent trend in young adult fiction, the Dystopian Societies, like “the Hunger Games” and Veronica Roth’s series “Divergent”.
The children in line were actually talking about the books.
They did not all know each other but they teamed up and worked well together, making lasting friendships and promising each other to maintain the same teams for the next events !
This was the closest to Utopia that I have ever gotten.
I wish to Thank the Fairfield Public Library for this wonderful opportunity it gave our children.
I believe that us, as a community, should help promoting and encouraging these type of events, recreating the image of our children as socially adept, imaginative and as free as possible from the attractive but isolating world of electronic devices.
Mihaela Boran, MD, Psychiatrist,
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