Neil Gaiman has always been a firm advocate for libraries, reading for pleasure and books in general. You may say he’s biased, he writes the things he wants to make sure that he still has a market for his addictive substance. But in a talk given recently for the Reading Agency he elequently stated why he thinks humans needs reading, books and libraries.
On Planet Word, a four part series created by the BBC Stephen Fry admitted that he “…would not be who I am today if it weren’t for libraries.”
Fry’s Planet Word Ep.4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b015h1xb
– gateways imagination and innovation
– links toother ideas and other ways of thinking
– totally democratic and free to everyone, everyone is a respected patron no matter how small
– for very few of us, access to the world that libraries provide helps to create greatness.