Alexander Averin

Friday, 23 July 2010

Libraries, books, oh and there's a fairy.

There really are fairies in my garden, here is one I caught on camera.

Dear Diary,

I am writing today about books and so of course our  libraries will get a mention..

Libraries will get you through times of NO money better than money will get you through times of NO Libraries
Anne Herbert.

CUTS to Libraries during a recession are just like CUTS to hospitals during a plague!
Eleanor Crumblehulme

The three most important documents a free society gives are a birth certificate, a passport, and a Library card
E. L. Doctorow.

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

The public Library is the only public agency which serves the minds of ALL of the population, one individual at a time

We are the only planet, so far as we know, to have invented a communal memory stored neither in our genes or our brains. The warehouse of that memory is called a Library.
Carl Sagan

More than a building that houses books and data, the Library has always been a window to a larger world–a place where we’ve always come to discover big ideas and profound concepts that help move the American story forward. . . . . Libraries remind us that truth isn’t about who yells the loudest, but who has the right information. Because even as we’re the most religious of people, America’s innovative genius has always been preserved because we also have a deep faith in facts. And so the moment we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold into a Library, we’ve changed their lives forever, and for the better. This is an enormous force for good.
Barack Obamac

I am meant to be away with the fairies today getting on with the gardening but the sun is not out, the ground is very wet and well to be honest I am feeling a trifle lazy so instead I am contemplating a rest on my bed with a Good Book. I have several which you can see if you check out the Books on My Bedside Table list in the right-hand column of this page. I have recently started the Patrick Harpur 'Soul' one which is a gem of a book, please don't be put off by the title or the sound of it, it's not your usual run of the mill New Agey type book, it is so well written and informative and I can't wait to to read more.

I am also enjoying Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, that's a real page-turner but I expect you have all read it years ago. I don't know how I missed actually reading it a few years back, a friend has just recommended it to me and I am so glad that he did.

Joseph O'Connor has a new novel out, I just can't wait for that. what a great writer and story teller he is (see my books on order list on right).

Simon Armitage has a new volume of poetry out, I heard him reading some of them on Radio 4 and I am very eager to get my hands on the book.

Trespass by that great writer Rose Tremain is another book thatI am longing to read, it's set in the South of France.

Philip Pullman's new one is said to be very controversial so I must read that. I will report back on all these but do remind me.

I have been listening to Jackie Kay reading her new book, Red Dust Road which is an 'adoption memoir' as they love to call these books. I am working on my own so was very keen to hear her story. She is a great poet and I have already read her poem 'The Adoption Papers'. The memoir is a great read and she read it beautifully this week on Radio 4's Book of the Week(it ended today but you can Listen Again).

I know I am biaised but aren't libraries wonderful? I pray that not one library is closed in the soon to be announced cuts in our public services, it would be a crime against society in my opinion.

If you have bored children take them to the library and join Space Hop, the Summer Reading Game.

What's on your bedside table?

I am off to see my cranial osteopath this afternoon, I can't wait.... even though I don't know how it works - her ways are ways of magic - but she usually puts me to right for a very long time and I am hoping to be free of headaches for a very long while.

And don't forget....

Whatever the cost of our Libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.
Walter Cronkite

Happy Reading,

Go mbeannai Dia duit,


ds said...

Oh, Cait, I love your garden! So beautiful. As for your quotes and comments on libraries I could not agree more! (yes, I am biased, too)

We have a summer reading program also & it is such fun to see the children come in, glowing, to show off their reading progress (there's a reward system involved). And then they stay, and read...

Hope the chiropractor cures you of headaches. Will look for the books on your list. They sound quite intriguing. Happy weekend!

Pondside said...

Happy reading to you too, Cait! I'm reading The Girl Who Played with Fire right now - not liking it quite as much as the first book, but I'll persevere.

Frances said...

Cait, all those quote in praise of libraries are gems. It always pains me when our city government decides to make some sort of cut to the library budget...happy to say that the funding does seem to be restored eventually, so there must be some library fans amongst the powers that rule the funds.

Your garden is so pretty! Enjoy the outdoors when the sun returns. As always, I have several books on the go, including our pal Christine Stovell's Turning the Tide. My current subway train book is an ancient (from the library) mystery, Death of a Delft Blue, by Gladys Mitchell. I just finished several other old Edmund Crispin mysteries. I liked Trespass very much...lots of tangled family tales.


Mac n' Janet said...

Great post, libraries were my favorite place as a child, now Amazon has become my library.
Never Let Me Go broke my heart, it will be one of those books I never forget.

Fennie said...

Hallo Cait, yes, agree with all you say about libraries although he computer is a great library in itself and of course we have the recycling of books through charity shops and the like. I've just finished The Swimming Pool Season by Rose Tremain - an early (1985) novel that I can heartily recommend. Very well done.
And also reading Phillippa Gregory The Queen's Fool (found in a charity shop) I read PG but half feel I should be doing better things. But she does write well and I think she has opened history up for many people. I enjoyed her 'White Queen' immensely. A real page turner.

Poet in Residence said...

I'm a sucker for Carl Sagan quotes. I'm a regular library goer I'm happy tosay . stormjust arrived.toclose windows.

Poet in Residence said...

Cait, I was going to say thank you for reminding me of Carl Sagan. I watched his Cosmos series years ago on TV and didn't miss an episode. Fascinating it was. Perhaps the best TV series ever made. I wouldn't be surprised.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Ooh, so many tempting books to read!!

We are so fortunate to live within walking distance to our town's library, and it's a very good one. It's right in the middle of a park, so my husband and I take turns ... one of us wandering the library aisles whilst the other walks Edward and Apple around the duck pond. Then we change places.

Wishing you the best results on those awful headaches!! Happy weekend!

Mark said...

Never Let Me Go is haunting - one of the few books that has genuinely kept me awake at night; fantastic though.

I read something the other day: that only 10% of the cost of libraries actually goes on books. In a way I can understand that, but it still seems odd.

I am very biased indeed as one of the companies I work for supplies libraries with their books - so I say, long live libraries, they feed me in more ways than one!

Bluestocking Mum said...

My local library is my second home

adorable fairy btw.x

CAMILLA said...

Your garden is soo pretty Cait, and I love fairies. I have a fairy on her swing on the branches of the bramley apple tree here. I shall have to bring her in for the winter as she is only made of tapestry and silk.

Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures with us and for the quote on Library's. Cannot imagine not having a Library, have used one since I was first able to read.

Thank you too for the links on all the books Cait, love anything by Simon Armitage so will check out that book of poems of his.


CAMILLA said...

Forgot to mention Cait, love the Karl Larsson Header to your page.