What’s good about libraries? M

Library A to Z: MI’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 M?

Magazines; mailing lists; Make a Noise in Libraries (RNIB libraries campaign); makerspaces; managing directors (building businesses/business support); maps; market research; meeting (business); meeting (community); mental health; minorities welcome; mobile libraries; money-saving (free services); mood boosting; mums; music.

The search for M quotations was one of the most fruitful:

Sarah J. Maas: Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.

Archibald MacLeish:What is more important in a library than anything else – than everything else – is the fact that it exists.

Alberto Manguel: Libraries have always seemed to me pleasantly mad places, and for as long as I can remember I’ve been seduced by their labyrinthine logic.

Henry Miller: A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation. Lend and borrow to the maximum.

Julieanne Moore: School libraries are the best. I grew up spending most of my time in them. I really depended on librarians to guide me, and I am forever in their debt. AND Reading is the way I understood the world when I was growing up. I moved a lot, and my constant companions were books.

Caitlin Moran: A library is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival.

Michael Morpurgo: Libraries are browsing places, dreaming places, finding out places. So much education takes place when children are making choices of their own.

Do you have any other suggestions for M?

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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.

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