It’s National Libraries Day on Saturday so I thought I’d celebrate with a post using the wonderful Library A to Z advocacy tool, from which derive all the graphics and lists of library benefits below. Events up and down the country are being tweeted with the hashtag #NLD15 and / or in Scotland #NLDScot. I’ve chosen to spell out the latter in library love!
N is for National Libraries Day; networking; new ideas; newspapers; noise (discussion / activity / communication); non-judgemental; not for profit; novels.
A good library is a palace, a palace where the lofty spirits of all nations and generations meet. Samuel Niger (1883-1955).
L is for languages; learning; leisure; lending / loans; librarians / library staff; literacy; literature; local studies; local to users.
With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one – but no one at all – can tell you what to read and when and how. Doris Lessing (1919-2013).
D is for dads; dance; databases; democracy; Dewey; digital literacy; discovery; diversity; download (things that the library buys); dry; DVDs; dyslexia / disability support.
A great library contains the diary of the human race. George Mercer Dawson (1849-1901).
S is for 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.
The education that mattered most to me began when my mother first took me to the public library and I registered for my own hallowed ticket. Will Self (1961-)
C is for 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.
There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration. Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919).
O is for old (and young); online; online resources (databases); open to all; opportunity; outreach.
The moment we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold into a library, we’ve changed their lives forever, and for the better. Barack Obama (1961-).
T is for tablet computers (e.g. iPads); teachers (supporting schools); teaching / training (librarians teaching); teens; toys; treasure hunts; trusted.
A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life. JRR Tolkien (1892-1973).
Head over to the Library A to Z site for lots more reasons to love your library!