In defense of libraries, as if they needed defending…

in defense of libraries, as if they needed defending

What’s the matter with Forbes magazine’s Tim Worstall? Did he never have a lovely afternoon in a hometown library?  Has he never lingered in the stacks, thumbing through book after book, searching in a leisurely way to find the novel, history book, art book he was just exactly in the mood for?

Read “What the ‘death of the library’ means for the future of books,” an article from The Daily Dot, and deliver us from the tyranny of Kindle. How could the death of diversity–even in reading options–make for a better world? A world without libraries is a frightening thought.

 

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  1. Thanks for this post. It reminds me of two of my favorite quotes from Ray Bradbury on the topic of public libraries:

    “I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.” ― Ray Bradbury

    “You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads..” Ray Bradbury

  2. I agree. I LOVE libraries –and librarians — for the very fact that they are great repositories of knowledge (the former) and curiosity (the latter). And didn’t this guy see the movie of “The Da Vinci Code”? It has one of my favorite lines of all time. Robert Cranston, the protagonist, in a moment of great urgency and suspense says, “OMG, I’ve GOT to get to a library!” Loved it.

  3. Thank you for this. I find suggestions like the one from the Forbes contributor quite ominous. I love libraries. I wouldn’t be the reader and writer that I am without them – starting from my earliest experience with the local Bookmobile.

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