the republic of reading

25 January 2011 at 10:25 Leave a comment

I wanted to paste in the entire article, but I had to choose a single piece and this bit of poetry stood out:

Somewhere in Blackbird Leys, somewhere in Berinsfield, somewhere in Botley, somewhere in Benson or in Bampton, to name only the communities beginning with B whose libraries are going to be abolished, somewhere in each of them there is a child right now, there are children, just like me at that age in Battersea, children who only need to make that discovery to learn that they too are citizens of the republic of reading. Only the public library can give them that gift.

Philip Pullman, This is the Big Society, you see.  It must be big, to contain so many volunteers.

It is a powerful article.  Read it.

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Entry filed under: reading.

yes, of course The Value of Libraries

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