Monday, November 12, 2007

l is for library

Libraries are the one American institution you shouldn't rip off.
Barbara Kingsolver (b. 1955) writer and activist

I’ve loved libraries for as long as I can remember. before the arrival of the internet, which has brought the world into our homes, workplaces, cafes, cars and park benches, the library was where we’d go to find the answer to all our questions. even with all the resources and the 24/7 convenience afforded by the internet, libraries are still vital to the health and well being of a community. according to the american library association there are 117,378 libraries in the united states. wow. who says there's nothing to read!

It was from my own early experience that I decided there was no use to which money could be applied so productive of good to boys and girls who have good within them and ability and ambition to develop it as the founding of a public library.
Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) industrialist and philanthropist

today is the official kick-off for children's book week (november 12-18), sponsored by the children's book council, the intention of the week is to "encourage young people and their care givers to discover the complexity of the world beyond their own experience through books."

pictures: top - one of several carnegie libraries in cleveland - this one is located in the ohio city neighborhood; middle- children's reading room in ohio city library; insert - 'reading garden' at cleveland's main public library.


Reya Mellicker said...

What a gorgeous building! they don't take the time to create architecture like this anymore, such a shame!

I worked for a couple of years in the college library at Lake Tahoe, a very interesting experience I will never forget.

Never learned how to seriously say "SHHHHH!" to the students when they got boisterous. I tried, but just couldn't pull it off. Oh well.

Salty Miss Jill said...

If I hadn't gone to counseling school, I would have gone to library school. Support your local library!

Unknown said...

Ooh, I wish my local library looked like the one in your pic - I might actually use it then instead of spending fortunes on amazon or hours on the internet!

Raz Godelnik said...


Happy Children’s Book Week!

One option to celebrate this week is with a green children’s book.

Eco-Libris blog brings a recommendation on The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle (written by Stefani Newman of teensygreen). It’s a great conversation starter about nature, the seasons, and helps kids open their eyes to the world outside.

You are welcome to read it at:

Raz Godelnik

Unknown said...

guess when Libraries are gone, humanity is gone.

I could not live without our local.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

reya - I too worked in the library in college. I loved it! never felt the need to shhhhh.

smj - me too! well not that I went to counseling school. but if I 'had it to do all over' library school is one of the two things I've thought I might have gone into instead...the other is architecture.

av - libraries definitely have saved me a small fortune and still I have too many books and too few shelves!

raz - thanks for the info on eco-libris, even if your comment might be a bit of 'shameless' promotion, the cause seems admirable. thanks for dropping by the mouse!

ekim: what you said is too true. I let's keep them going! I would be lost without my local libraries. support libraries -- locally & globally!

Gary said...

Hi, thanks for the heads up on children's book week. Being a teacher and all you might think I would know this. Oops! See all that reading blogs can get ya? Thanks!!