What’s good about libraries? G

Library A to Z: GI’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 G?

Gallery; games (digital & board games); geographical information; go online; graphic novels; green (eco-friendly book re-use); group work; guidance.

I’ve added a link to the Neil Gaiman quote below – it comes from a Guardian article which is worth reading in full.

Neil Gaiman: Closing libraries is the equivalent of eating your seed corn to save a little money.

Bill Gates: I’d be happy if I could think that the role of the library was sustained and even enhanced in the age of the computer.

Jo Godwin: A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.

Peter Golkin: My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.

Do you have any other suggestions for G?

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Anabel Marsh

I'm a proud Glaswegian who loves to go gallivanting both at home and abroad. Join me in my travels, both historic and current. Credit where credit's due: photography mostly by my more talented other half, John.

10 thoughts on “What’s good about libraries? G”

  1. Generations sharing – by that I mean reading the stories to your children you loved when you were a kid, my son and I are doing the Magic Faraway books as bedtime stories at the minute

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  2. Excellent post Anabel and a great theme for the challenge too.

    I’d hate to see libraries disappear. The Internet gives us all the answers we need at the click of a button but I always found it more satisfying to hunt for answers in a library.

    Wishing you all the best for the remainder of the challenge 🙂

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  3. government publications (we are a United States federal deposit library and now even the daily congressional record is available through the website), genealogy (databases, other online resources such as historic photo collections, print sources including yearbooks, and classes).

    (I’m also using your a to z as a way of reminding myself of all the resources we have or relearning by a quick search of our website…)

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  4. Bill has hit the nail on the head. I am afraid we will lose libraries in the years to come. I love the Internet, but I would be so sad if the library became obsolete.

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