What’s good about libraries? S

Library A to Z: SI’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 S?

Safe (place); scanners; school visits; serendipity; sexual health (information about); sharing; silver surfers; skills; social literacy; social media; spelling; Sshh! (a quiet place to work/study); statistics; stereotype breaking; storytime; students; study; study space (to think and work); summer reading challenge.

Plenty of good S quotes!

Carl Sagan: I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.

Herbert Samuel: A library is thought in cold storage.

Marie de Sevigne: When I step into this library, I cannot understand why I ever step out of it.

Sidney Sheldon: Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.

Alexander Smith: I go into my library, and all history unrolls before me.

Iain Crichton Smith: No library that I haven’t loved. My food is books.

Patti Smith: The library was my salvation. Through the library I got to see the world, to read books from every century. It was my temple.

Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler): A library is like the best person you know – politely quiet but endlessly informative, amazingly knowledgeable but charmingly discreet, open to everyone but subject to your every whim, and, sadly, flammable if one isn’t careful. Be careful with yours.

Do you have any other suggestions for S?

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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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