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C S Lewis on goal setting

Posted: June 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: quotes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

 

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What she said: Customer (and I) on library closures.

Posted: July 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: quotes | Tags: , , , , , | 7 Comments »

I’ve been meaning to post this potent quote for months. Six months old and sadly the UK & US library closures & cuts crisis continues mercilessly.

Closed sign by Emily Webber on Flickr.

What The Guardian said in January, 2011:

Sara Levy, 39, sat with three-year-old Ella, colouring in Spot the Dog on a computer screen, with three-week-old Ava asleep on her chest. “It’s the only local place you can come without spending money,” she said. “It’s local and friendly. And it’s classless.” : Library Customer Sara Levy.

What I said in July, 2011: Free, local, friendly, classless. Amen. So why, why are libraries closing at a dangerous rate?

Look at this UK & this USA map of closures & cuts. This is not okay.
For more info follow the #savelibraries hashtag on twitter.

A confession:  I don’t know enough about the state of affairs in my own country. Terrible I know, but honest. And no, not good enough David! Of course I have first-hand experience of tightening budget restraints, job scarcity & job security fears. And sure, I read articles & blog posts about Australian library closures & funding cuts and I’ve signed this important petition. However, I’m embarrassed to admit I remain lamentably & lazily uninformed.

I want to – and will – improve this situation. Perhaps with your help?

Dear reader:

  • pls leave a link in the comments to info about library closures & cuts in your neighbourhood (UK, USA, EU, Australia, everywhere!)
  • pls leave a link to anything I/we should read to learn more
  • what are you doing to raise awareness? what should I do?

What he said: Lemony Snicket (and I) on libraries.

Posted: March 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: quotes | Tags: , | No Comments »

What he said, in 2007:

A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.

From Horseradish : bitter truths you can’t avoid by Lemony Snicket. (9780061240065)

What I said, in 2011:

We now know that books won’t always be on most of the shelves. If indeed there are any shelves. However, we assume people will still be reading. Our challenge is to market the enduring, growing importance of libraries as eloquently as Snicket’s nostalgically potent quote.


image from State Library and Archives of Florida