What’s good about libraries? C

Library A to Z: CI’m following the A to Z Challenge by posting every day in April (except Sundays) about the importance of libraries. I’m using the Library A to Z advocacy materials and a small selection of quotations in each post.

What good things about libraries begin with C?

Careers; carers services; childminders; choices; classics; coffee (relax with one); collaboration; colouring (fun sessions for children); comics; community; community cohesion; community memory; competitive advantage (for businesses); council information & services (access to); crafts; creation; CVs.

Any list of quotations from people with names beginning with C has to begin with Andrew Carnegie!

Andrew Carnegie: A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never-failing spring in the desert.

Nick Cave: I wholeheartedly pledge my support to the campaign to save Kensal Rise library. Accessible local libraries are vital to communities and to children. Reading fuels passion, interest and ambition – please don’t take that away.

Walter Cronkite: Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.

D. Cuthbertson, Edinburgh University Librarian (1923): Without [librarians] ignorance would bring forth a scentless flower instead of a garden of perfume.

Do you have any other suggestions for C?

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16 thoughts on “What’s good about libraries? C”

  1. The children’s section! Now that my little one is a toddler and very interested in books, I’m looking forward to exploring our local library together. Good luck with the rest of the challenge!

    Daryl (Something Out of Nothing #1164)


  2. I love the library being the community center. Even though they have to offer so much more than books and information, I love that teens and kids are wanting to be so involved with libraries now.

    – Allison


  3. So much appreciation in one post. My local library cut its hours and what a difference that has made ..no popping in on a Saturday morning any more. Delighted it is still there though. I run a monthly creative writing group there


  4. Conversation Circles – we don’t have them at my branch but then again the only significant groups of non-native English speakers that visit my branch are French and Swedish nannies. Conversation circles are groups of non-native English speakers (of various native languages0 that meet weekly to practice their English.


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