“We know that so often our libraries and museums are doing the critical work to help us achieve those goals in the first place. We can’t get to our goals without the work that you all do on the ground. […]But the services that you all provide are not luxuries; just the opposite. Every day, your institutions are keeping so many folks in this country from falling through the cracks.” Michelle Obama
We have an obligation to support libraries. To use libraries, to encourage others to use libraries, to protest the closure of libraries. If you do not value libraries then you do not value information or culture or wisdom. You are silencing the voices of the past and you are damaging the future. We have an obligation to read aloud to our children. To read them things they enjoy. To read to them stories we are already tired of. To do the voices, to make it interesting, and not to stop reading to them just because they learn to read to themselves. Use reading-aloud time as bonding time, as time when no phones are being checked, when the distractions of the world are put aside. We have an obligation to use the language. To push ourselves: to find out what words mean and how to deploy them, to communicate clearly, to say what we mean. We must not to attempt to freeze language, or to pretend it is a dead thing that must be revered, but we should use it as a living thing, that flows, that borrows words, that allows meanings and pronunciations to change with time. Neil Gaiman
“It isn’t just a library. It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you — and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life.” Isaac Asimov
Ron Redmon ein pensionierter LKW-Fahrer, der im folgenden Video aus seinem Leben erzählt und was ihm die Ballyroan Public Library in Dublin bedeutet. Er lernte erst im Alter von 19 ordentlich zu lesen und zu schreiben. Den Umgang mit dem Computer erlernt zu haben, gab ihm dasselbe Gefühl:
“It opened up my eyes completely, as if it was a new life”, Mr Redmond says. Now he’s using the library’s computer to surf the web and stay in touch with family members from Germany to New Zealand.
Libraries tend to become more cozy, relaxing and communicative places. Other than public spaces like museums, they have a certain private character, which makes them a living room for their community. Olaf Eigenbrodt