Thursday, February 03, 2011

Pullman on Libraries

I have been watching the #savelibraries protests with great interest, but am ashamed that I've not had a chance to post anything yet about this important movement. Thankfully Philip Pullman said it much better than I ever could have, so I pass along his 20 January speech "Leave the libraries alone. You don't understand their value."

Read the whole thing. It's not only lovely writing, but also a powerful argument on behalf of public libraries and their importance to people at all stages of their lives, as well as a stinging indictment of what he calls the "greedy ghost of market madness" that has crept into the library world.

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