What is community?

I’m not talking about the popular TV show; I’m talking about the people with whom you share your space, your opinions and your life. We often use the word community to describe our town or city: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ― Mother Teresa“The Salina community.” I choose to believe that I am a member of several different communities. Here are a few: my family; my church family; K-State alumni; proponents of Community Learning; vegetarians; coffee lovers; dog lovers; musician’s wives; and people with holiday birthdays.

These communities are based on the people and places I like, and my allegiance to them depends on the mood of the day.

It seems harsh to think that our community associations can change so readily, but this is how we designate our own use of time and for what causes we choose to take action.

Merriam-Webster describes the term as anything from the people living in a certain region, to the region itself, to the group or characteristics of the group. If you really want to see a graphic representation, I suggest utilizing Google Plus and putting your contacting into “circles.”

Who is in your community? How would you define “community”?

Morgan Davis


Morgan Davis is the library’s community learning coordinator.