Love your library, thank your librarian, be appreciative of the free resources at your fingertips.
Key things to remember this week as you drive by, walk by, or even enter a library this week. Libraries are there for the people as city-run entities designated to provide all the resources you could possibly want and need to further your education, literacy, computer literacy and more. With the recession and state budgets, libraries have been hard hit in recent years. Many were forced to close their doors, others have to reallocate their hours, shorten hours, deplete staff, and in effect deplete the resources much needed for the public. Share your love of the library with your friends and family. Encourage people to sign-up for their library card and use their library. Go to library events, write to your local councilmember, and tell them you want more funds allocated to the library. Its a place to nurture growth and knowledge for children, teens, adults and everybody inbetween.
Articles and Newbits of note
- Thursday, April 12, is National Drop Everything and Read Day.
- You belong @ your library as libraries transform lives through technological literacy (American Libraries Magazine)
- State of America’s Libraries Report 2012 (American Library Association)
- 5 Reasons to Give Kids Their Own Library Cards (Secrets & Sharing Soda Blog)
Favorite library/reading quotes (IFLA.org)
- Throughout my formal education I spent many, many hours in public and school libraries. Libraries became courts of last resort, as it were. The current definitive answer to almost any question can be found within the four walls of most libraries. — Arthur ASHE (1943-1993)
- A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up children without surrounding them with books…. Children learn to read being in the presence of books. — Horace MANN (1796-1859)
- It does not matter how many books you may have, but whether they are good or not. — Epistolae Morale
Lucius Annaeus SENECA (3 B.C.-65 A.D.)
- I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library —Jorge Luis BORGES (1899-1986)
- A democratic society depends upon an informed and educated citizenry. — Thomas JEFFERSON (1743-1826)