September is the month to sign up for a librarycard. The short theme of this piece is if you don’t have a library card, get yourself to you library and signup for one NOW! Many people seem to believe that in the age of the Internet and Amazon, libraries are obsolete and totally unneeded. If that’s how you feel, get it out of your head because it’s an outdated reminder of a bygone day.
Modern libraries (and I’m mostly speaking of public libraries here, though academic libraries and special libraries are also important} are treasure trove of information you can use in your everyday life. Libraries provide books, yes, of course, and that is their main type of material, but they also carry video – VHS, DVD, and Blueray – audio books – on cassette, CD=ROM, mp3, and perhaps other types. They also have music in various media. They have newspapers, likely back to volume 1 issue 1 at least for the community newspaper. They contain government documents, genealogical information, and reference books covering a wide variety of subjects either in paper copies or through databases available to their card holders.
And that doesn’t begin to cover all the other things they do, from story times for children, to book discussions for teens or adults, to movie nights. I used to belong to a library group that would read a particular book during the month, and then watch the movie based on the book, followed by discussion of the two. I also belonged to a writing group sponsored by my local library. In short, libraries are full of wonderful things and much to discover.
Many library workers have advanced degrees in library science, or some variation of that. Does it seem like I’m being overly enthusiastic? My work life was in libraries and I know them forwards and backwards. But libraries are buildings full of dreams and staffed by people who will be happy to help you and your family to find yours.
Quotes about libraries. Especially note the firs by Neil Gaiman.
Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.–Neil Gaiman
The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.–Kurt Vonnegut
Civilized nations build libraries; lands that have lost their soul close them down.–Toby Forward
Everything you need for yo A library is the first step of a thousand journeys, portal to a thousand worlds.–Orson Scott Cardur better future and success has already been written. And guess what? It’s all available. All you have to do is go to the library.–Jim Rohn
A library is thought in cold storage.–Herbert Samuel
The health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.–Carl Sagan
A library is the only single place you can go to learn something new, be comforted, terrified, thrilled, saddened, overjoyed, or excited all in one day. And for free.–Amy Neftzger
A library of wisdom, is more precious than all wealth, and all things that are desirable cannot be compared to it. Whoever therefore claims to be zealous of truth, of happiness, of wisdom or knowledge, must become a lover of books.–Richard de Bury
More than a building that houses books and data, the library has always been a window to a larger world–a place where we’ve always come to discover big ideas and profound concepts that help move the American story forward.–Barack Obama (speech to the American Library Assn., June 2005)
No university in the world has ever risen to greatness without a correspondingly great library… When this is no longer true, then will our civilization have come to an end.–Lawrence Clark Powell
The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.–Albert Einstein
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