Library 101: National Library Week

Posted on: Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 by Janet Kirby

Whether you love your local library, come in only when you need help with research, or just view the library as an electronic database aggregator; we hope that you will help us celebrate National Library Week during April 10-16. National Library Week was established in 1958 by the American Library Association (ALA) “to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support”.  The theme for this year is “Libraries Transform”.

The honorary chair this year is Gene Luen Yang, an award-winning graphic novelist and the 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.  He believes that “libraries change lives and communities by providing free access to technology, career development resources, and the skills to help people thrive in the digital age”.

We are celebrating National Library week with some selected quotes that acknowledge the value of the library. 

"What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education" – Harold Howe, U.S. Commissioner of Education, 1965-58, advocated desegregation of schools.

"A university is just a group of buildings gathered around the library" – Shelby Foote.

"All that is necessary for a student is access to a library, and directions in what order the books are to be read" – Thomas Jefferson.

"I made use of the college library by borrowing books other than scientific books, such as all the plays by George Bernard Shaw, the writing of Edgar Allan Poe.  The college library helped me to develop a broader aspect of life" – Linus Pauling.

"Nobody graduated from a library, but nobody graduated without one" – Anonymous.

"I learned three important things in college – to use a library, to memorize quickly and visually, to drop asleep at any time given a horizontal surface and fifteen minutes" – Agnes DeMille.

"A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessities of life" – Henry Ward Beecher.

"The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library" – Albert Einstein.

"If you want to get laid, go to college.  If you want an education, go to a library" – Frank Zappa.

"When I graduated from high school… I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years" – Ray Bradbury.

"The Internet may be the world’s greatest library, but let’s face it – all the books are scattered on the floor" – D.C. Denison “Netwatch”

"Google can bring you back 100,000 answers; a librarian can bring you back the right one" – Neil Gaiman.

"Who needs a librarian when you have Google?  Well, who needs to go to a doctor when you have WebMD?"  – the

"Librarians: working for you since 2600 B.C." – Miguel Correla, librarian at ISCAL, Portugal.

"Librarian: the original search engine" – Anonymous.

"I’m of a fearsome mind to throw my arms around every living librarian who crosses my path, on behalf of the souls they never knew they saved" -- Barbara Kingsolver.

"Library funds are being cut and cut…  American society has found one more way to destroy itself" – Isaac Asimov.

"A library outranks any other one thing that a community can do to benefit its people.  It is a never failing spring in a desert" – Andrew Carnegie.

"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library" – Jorges Luis Borges.

"If information is the currency of democracy, then libraries are its banks" – Senator Wendell Ford.

"A library is like the best person you know – quietly polite but endlessly informative, amazingly knowledgeable but charmingly discreet, open to everyone yet subject to your every whim, and, sadly, flammable if one isn’t careful.  Be careful with yours" – Lemony Snicket.

"You want weapons?  We’re in a library.  Books!  The best weapons in the world.  This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have" – Dr. Who.



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