Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming
A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens
The Guardian transcribed a recent talk by one of the Ferndale Library’s all-around favorite authors (specializing in supernatural, post-modernist fairy/scary-tales). ” I’m going to tell you that libraries are important. I’m going to suggest that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do. “
Mr. Gaiman was at an event for Reading Agency -an British charity with a mission to inspire more people to read more. “It is obviously in my interest for people to read, for them to read fiction, for libraries and librarians to exist and help foster a love of reading and places in which reading can occur…So I’m biased as a writer. But I am much, much more biased as a reader. ” Read on…
The author of American Gods and the Sandman series was all over the news this week, actually. Neil Gaiman’s ‘Neverwhere’ removed from New Mexico high school Apparently “…the F-word is used…” the school Superintendent remarked upon his initial review of the book. The suspension is only temporary -until Administrators complete a full review…
You can check the book out for yourself to see what all the hubub is about –here– from your Public Library.
Aren’t Libraries the best?
Apparently many are steadily forgetting about libraries and jumping to the conclusion that, well, they’re pointless. You see a lot of columnists and bloggers out there posting editorials varying on the theme: “The End Of The Library…” (TechCrunch: “…I mean, it’s not that crazy a notion, right?”)
Well, another valiant blogger, the BeerBrarian, is responding with some rebuttals: THE END of “The End of Libraries” –” a clearinghouse of elevator speeches… from fellow librarians…” Standing up for the prevailing vitality of the Library’s role in society.
From the American Library Association: