13 Reasons Libraries are Wonderful


Nice to see most of the reasons why most taxpayers like public libraries brought together in a single list.

You might want to refer to the list next time some local politician tries to win support for cutting your public library’s budget, curtailing its hours of operations, or eliminating public library service altogether.

Read the list.

Found at Read It Forward via retired Atlanta librarian Celeste Tibbets’ Facebook page


Bookish Quote du Jour

“The existence of public libraries was kept from me as long as possible (the knowledge would, it was thought, interfere with my studies), but when the secret broke at last, I rapidly became what in those days was an especially irritating kind of borrower, who brought back in the evening the books he had borrowed in the morning and read in the afternoon….Such was my first experience of the addictive excitement a large open-access public library generates: the sense of imminent discovery, the impulse to start on twenty books at once.”

Source: Philip Larkin, “Shelving the Issue,” The New Statesman (1977); reprinted in Further Requirements: Interviews, Broadcasts, Statements and Book Reviews, 1952-85 (2001); quoted by Patrick Krup in his blog Anecdotal Evidence (February 19, 2015).

Photographic Homage to U.S. Public Libraries


This past spring, Princeton Architectural Press published The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson.

Brainpickings recently published a lengthy review by Maria Popova – lengthy partly because her review includes multiple samples of Dawson’s photos, like the one above.

The review includes links to the title at Amazon.com, which includes excerpts from other reviews  – all of them, like Popova’s, uniformly positive.


Found via a Facebook posting by Leslie Kahn (via Catherine Korvin)


A Delightful Romp through Pinterest’s Bookish Boards

Girl at Bookshelf imageOver at the always-fabulous Book Riot, Becky Cole has assembled links to  (and helpfully described) 15 collections of bookish images created by bookloving users of the wildly popular – and image-collection site – and notorious time-sink – Pinterest. Readers of Becky’s post provide links to several additional bookish Pinteret collections.

Thank you, Becky, for steering your fellow booklovers toward many hours of pleasant wallowing in such photogenic bibliophilic pastures!

Found posted to Facebook by Eat Sleep Read