Saturday Spot: Life of Pi – Fort Worth Public Library (Central Branch)

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The first Saturday in February is Take Your Child To The Library Day! The 8th annual event took place across the country in libraries including Fort Worth!

In the second half of Life of Pi by Yann Martel, our story resides in the Pacific Ocean with one boy, one boat, one tiger. Pi struggles both internally and externally on the lifeboat in the middle of the ocean. Martel provides Pi’s optimism and doubt as two companions constantly at odds. The story navigates moments of urgency and reflection that provide the high-seas tale an additional layer toward understanding our human ability and desire to survive amongst all odds.

Life of Pi is a story full of cinematic imagery that is a pleasure for the imagination. The adventure and inspiration in Pi’s story combine for a superbly enjoyable read.

Saturday Spot © Fort Worth Reader 2019

Saturday Spot © Fort Worth Reader 2019

 

The Fort Worth Public Library (Central Branch) is in beautiful downtown Fort Worth. The Central branch is the largest library in Fort Worth. It opened in 1978 and completed an expansion in 2000. The total size of the Fort Worth Central Library is now 243,777 square feet, the equivalent of 5.5 acres! Located in City Council district 9, the library circulation (or library lending total) for 2018 was 497,731.

Fort Worth is fortunate to have 16 library branches in our city and partners with six additional libraries in our metro area.

Saturday Spot © Fort Worth Reader 2019

Saturday Spot © Fort Worth Reader 2019

 

The first thing a reader needs is a book and our Fort Worth libraries have you covered. They are FREE to borrow in print, e-book, or audio. The Central library has books as far as the eye can see. If you don’t find the book you are looking for a member of the staff will help you locate it.

Check out the Fort Worth Library Strategic Plan for the next few years!

Saturday Spot © Fort Worth Reader 2019

Saturday Spot © Fort Worth Reader 2019

 

Libraries have long been the source for knowledge and information. With the internet, we now have information at our fingertips, and many feel the library is no longer as relevant. This couldn’t be further from the truth. While libraries have had to adjust to the internet age, their existence is critical for a community to thrive. They provide meeting spaces, family and community events, special services, exhibit galleries (including local talent), genealogy, archives, local history, and so much more. They help bring the community together by hosting forums and guests to inform, educate, and engage in meaningful dialogue.

Our libraries are the quintessential embodiment of Fort Worth Reader’s mission for all to Experience and Share the Love for Reading! Make a plan to visit the Fort Worth Central library soon to enjoy the amazing access to knowledge, history, and experiences. Support our Fort Worth libraries. At Fort Worth Reader we look forward to visiting all of the libraries in Fort Worth and sharing with you!

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As Pi despaired over his harrowing predicament, his “fierce will to live” was awoken. In the direst of circumstances, he shifted his outlook and chose to, “fight and fight and fight.”

I was giving up. I would have given up—if a voice hadn’t made itself heard in my heart. The voice said, “I will not die. I refuse it. I will make it through this nightmare. I will beat the odds, as great as they are. I have survived so far, miraculously. Now I will turn miracle into routine. The amazing will be seen every day. I will put in all the hard work necessary. Yes, so long as God is with me, I will not die. Amen.”

Every time we are fortunate enough to wake up to a new day, we, unfortunately, dismiss the routine miracles of life around us. Our day to day existence is a testament to life’s ability to survive no matter the obstacles. Centuries of war, disease, struggle, and hardship and yet we are still able to wake up and experience life. This only speaks of human struggle, not including the billions of years it took for our home we call Earth to exist amongst the struggles of the universe. Sometimes in life, our fear and dread towards specific experiences, challenges, and problems get in the way of discovering our capability and capacity to overcome. It is a frustrating paradox that seems to follow us throughout life (no doubt a necessary instinct to avoid real danger). When our doubts in life begin to pile up, let us listen to that other voice that fights for survival and the belief that we will overcome. Believe in yourself and take that step to discover the next miracle in your life.

Enjoy today and everyday Fort Worth! Let a great book accompany you as you embark on your life story!

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