The past and the future

Little Free Library, Rose Gardens, Palmerston North, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2019

Libraries raised me. — Ray Bradbury

And me.

And I’d be prepared to bet that many of the people reading this post would probably say the same.

Every town I visit, I want to see the library. And while I’ve loved experiencing the grandeur of great institutions like the British Library, and the State Libraries of Victoria and New South Wales, I also adore the tiny community libraries at Puhoi, north of Auckland and Herald Island, a few minutes drive from home.

Best of all, I love the Little Free Library movement which has sprung up all around the world. What better expression of all that libraries stand for than open access, unregulated book boxes sited where anyone can find them; borrow from them and donate books back.

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

Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest. — Lady Bird Johnson

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future. — Ray Bradbury


Mitchell Library Reading Room, State Library New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Image; Su Leslie 2018

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29 thoughts on “The past and the future

  1. My mother is always very proud to tell people that when she got her driver’s license, the first thing she did was take her three children to the local library! So yes, I also grew up in the library. I can still remember the excitement of picking out books to check out each week.

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  2. Couldn’t agree more with all the quotes and what you wrote about libraries – I love them all and they’re one of our society’s most important aspect: knowledge, history and so much more free for all. 😄

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  3. I also love the little free libraries we encounter – and Starbucks (some) have book baskets to give and take….
    I enjoyed your quotes – photos and the opening lines really drew me in….


  4. Books open a new portal of the world to me and libraries are the links to access that portal. I remember spending time in a local library near my house for hours on an end, before I moved out for college. Ahh I miss that now! Which is the largest library that you have visited till date?

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    • I really discovered the breadth of knowledge available in books when I went to university. Once I got past being overwhelmed by the size of the place, I discovered whole sections (like literature from different nations) that I just read for pleasure when the textbooks were getting boring.
      I think the British Library is probably the largest I’ve ever been to, but far from my favourite. I love the new libraries that are being built in Auckland which have great natural light and really comfortable seating.

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