[Book Nerd Links] 25 Writers on the Importance of Libraries

25 Writers on the Importance of Libraries [courtesy of Flavorwire]

Amen. Be sure to come back and let me know your favourite quote!



9 thoughts on “[Book Nerd Links] 25 Writers on the Importance of Libraries

  1. Reblogged this on itsateenagelibrarything and commented:
    It makes me so sad (and inwardly very mad) when friends and people I meet ask me why libraries are relevant or important to children or adults in these days of instant communication, instant information and electronic education. My answers include many things but primarily include references to the joy of reading a paper book and being able to get away from the ever-increasing tyranny of electronic media and gadgets; the joy of browsing tomes of beautiful photographs; the peace and tranquility one can find away from the hubbub of the workplace;the joy of seeing parents lovingly choosing books to share with their children; the satisfaction of seeing a whole cross-section of the community sharing and learning in one place; hearing children’s delight in coming across ‘the next book in the series’; the delight of seeing young people doing something other than staring at a screen or sending the umpteenth text of the day and the sense that a library is a place where you can slow down, remove yourself from the ‘instant world’ for just long enough to recharge your batteries, take a deep breath and start all over again.

    In short, a library is, in my humble opinion, a haven from the stresses of everyday life, a place to connect with your community and a place to educate yourself in all the things that school/college/university/ doesn’t teach you. Our children and young people are stressed and even depressed by today’s pace of life and the demands that technology places on them. So
    there is a lot to be said for the old-fashioned notion of getting lost in a good book, letting your imagination take over, and spend some ‘me time’ away from all the pressures of everyday life. It works for me!

    Take a look at what these writers think. We can’t all be wrong.


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