Here’s a view west of the library. It’s dirty and noisy outside, but it’s clean and pretty quiet inside the library, so come on up.
“Closing libraries is the equivalent of eating your seed corn to save a little money. They recently did a survey that showed that among poor white boys in England, 45% have reading difficulties and cannot read for pleasure. Which is a monstrous statistic, especially when you start thinking about it as a statistic that measures not just literacy but also as a measure of imagination and empathy because a book is a little empathy machine. It puts you inside somebody else’s head. You see out of the world through somebody else’s eyes. It’s very hard to hate people of a certain kind when you’ve just read a book by one of those people. So in that context, as far as I’m concerned, closing libraries is endangering the future. You know, at least with the libraries there, you’re in with a chance.”
Neil Gaiman, author on why closing libraries in the name of financial prerogatives is shortsighted, in “Neil Gaiman: Libraries Are Cultural ‘Seed Corn,’”
The Guardian, Nov. 17, 2014.
Is the mid-semester slump hitting you already? Are you wondering if you will make it until May? Well, there is a light at the end of that tunnel and that light is our oh so popular free massages! They will be offered this semester on April 22 from 9am – 1:30pm. Feel free to sign up now at the Circulation Desk.