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The library can feel like your own personal room, a place where you can hide out with your thoughts, test your ideas, explore other worlds and other times. In a way, it’s a testing ground of who you are and who you want to become, because every time you walk out of those doors, you can be smarter than you were going in. My advice? Use it to transform yourself into the person you know you can be.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar



This New Year, I wish you boundless blank slates, blank white pages, and blank screens to write on.  Seize the opportunity to add something new to the world in 2014.

Long before Kindles and iPads existed, libraries were held in high esteem. Huge amounts of money were spent to house books, creating buildings that were ravishing works of art.

Knowledge is power: Bomb-damaged books now stored safely in the chapter library, Noyon Cathedral, France

E-books changed my life. I borrow books from several libraries using Overdrive. But I don’t think all books should migrate onto screens. They belong in libraries, community spaces open to everyone. Libraries are portals to the future and links to our past, our collective human memory in words, not bytes.

Albert Einstein was asked once how we could make our children intelligent. His reply was both simple and wise. “If you want your children to be intelligent,” he said, “read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

Our future depends on libraries.  Everything changes when we read.

How would you rate your last library experience?

is your library becoming a cultural center?

Toni 1/4/14

4 thoughts on “I HEAR YA’, KAREEM

  1. We are on the same wavelength! I have been working on a post about getting my first library card. My mother told me that the public library was the greatest invention of civilization.


  2. Long live the library. There is nothing like getting lost in a book inside the library. Nothing can compare to it. An ebook may be convenient and handy but it can never take the place of the sanctuary of a library.


    1. One of the best stories about getting a first library card comes in Rufus M by Eleanor Estes. Rufus is a Moffat kid and is one of a whole series of books that seemed to me as I read them aloud to my kids to distill the very essence of a type of childhood I would have cherished, everyday experiences from the honest and true perspective of a kid. One memorable chapter deals with Rufus trying to get a card at a young age, all by himself. We laughed and gasped our way through it. (When we finished a 4th Moffat family book I looked in the flyleaf for more info as to the next book, and as I read aloud, without having censored it first, that Eleanor Estes had died, we all burst into tears.)


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