Libraries raised me. — Ray Bradbury
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