June 20, 2011

No Mall Monday

Public libraries are inspiring
I love public libraries. I can walk into a public library anywhere in the world and feel immediately at home. Some of my most memorable moments have been among the book shelves of libraries.

A bad day at the library is infinitely better than a great day at the shopping mall. I think Carl Sagan probably would have agreed:
"The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species.  I think 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, Cosmos

Last year my public library system had its budget cut by 20%.

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