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
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)
Spread the word
Its National Library Week! Everybody celebrate by going to your local library and checking out the maximum number of items humanely possible to show your support.
This is a fantastic article on CNN about how libraries and librarians are the most awesome elements of education, information and pop culture ever. Read it, believe it, and acccept it. Librarians are cool.
- What does your favorite childhood book say about you now? via Flavorwire Some of my favorite predictions:
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Every house you live in must be outfitted with a walk in closet. Just in case.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
No matter what, you’re always the only one at the office at 9am on the dot. Then you annoy everyone all day with all your clever puns.
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
You’re the guy who finds a way to ruin every party.
- What I consider to be a “Well, Duh” op-ed article via NPR’s Monkey See blog, in which writer Linda Holmes walks into a library and finds out that its a really cool place to be. What did Linda ever imagine a library to be if she’s so amused and amazed at what libraries offer today?
- The Geek Alphabet via Geeks Are Sexy
M is for MMORPGs, it’s a magical place (i eated a cookie)
N is for NASA, and the beauty of space (nasa1fan)
O is for Occipital Lobe, we love using our brains (illuminaut)
Admit it, not every reader is a library user, and not every library user is a reader. At the library I meet tons of people each week that tell me “I live just down the street and never knew you were here!” Libraries are not just about books anymore. Libraries are about providing programs and events for families, adults, teens and kids. Libraries are about free computer/Internet use and free computer classes for those wanting to learn. Free programming for teens after school to keep them occupied, their brains working and help keep them out the trouble. The library is about storytimes and crafts for toddlers to help promote literacy, hand-eye coordination and other basic motor skills still developing. The library is about the community. If you live near a library, but have never stopped by, go on. Poke your head in. I promise they won’t bite. Check out the Library Friend’s bookstore. Did you know that most libraries rely on their Friend’s budget to help put on programs and craft and other major events? Buy a book from the Friend’s bookstore and help the library out. =)
Don’t know where your local library is? Go to this website http://nces.ed.gov/Globallocator/ and search for your nearest library. Go to www.worldcat.org to find out which books from your TBR list can be found at the library nearest you.
In honor of National Library Week:
Here is something cool you can do with your name and the Dewey Decimal System.
Go to this webpage
Type in your name (I went with my site name).
Pick a background color and voila! Through a letter decoding formula, you can see what Dewey Century you belong to. I neatly fell into the 6OOs, which works because I’ve finally started knitting again.
So…what Dewey code are you?
The Novel World’s Dewey Decimal Section:
646 Sewing, clothing & personal living
The Novel World = 0854525235824 = 085+452+523+582+4 = 1646
Health, agriculture, management, public relations, buildings.
What it says about you:
You are creative and inspired to make the world a better place. You can work hard on something when it catches your interest. Your friends have unique interests in common with you.
Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com