Today there was an open class (math in English!) at my son’s school, followed by PTA committee meetings. I signed up for the library committee, although I had no idea what it might entail, simply because I love books and love to be around them. I must say, however, that I am appalled by the state of the books I’ve seen in Japanese school libraries, both public and this private one. None of the books are bound in that plastic library binding. At my daughter’s school, some older books are mended with duct tape. At both schools, the books are in pretty bad shape. The climate doesn’t help, of course. There is no climate control in the libraries here so the books are at the mercy of the humidity. I suppose, as a committee member, I could suggest book-binding as a project, and maybe I will, although it would be A LOT of work and all the other mothers will hate me. I’m surprised, however, that in a country as literate as this one, libraries don’t take better care of their books.