Happy National Libraries Day!

National Libraries Day 2014It’s 8 February and it’s National Libraries Day, which is always a day that makes us smile – what with all the #NLD14 tweets, activities all over the country and library supporters speaking in the media, how could we fail to feel loved?

And then, of course, there’s One Man and his Beard. who does a great job of spreading the library love with his song ‘We Need Libraries’. Can you spot a Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham or Kensington & Chelsea library card in there?

Last year, our post about famous and not-so-famous, real and fictional librarians was very popular, and this year we’d like to share a few quotations about libraries that have appealed to us:

“When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you.”
― Keith Richards

“Congratulations on the new library, because it isn’t just a library. It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you — and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life.
― Isaac Asimov

Here’s one that will resonate with everyone who has ever worked in a library…

“People flock in, nevertheless, in search of answers to those questions only librarians are considered to be able to answer, such as “Is this the laundry?” “How do you spell surreptitious?” and, on a regular basis, “Do you have a book I remember reading once? It had a red cover and it turned out they were twins.”
― Terry Pratchett, Going Postal

And one to big up all the librarians out there 🙂

“Librarians are the coolest people out there doing the hardest job out there on the frontlines. And every time I get to encounter or work with librarians, I’m always impressed by their sheer awesomeness.”
― Neil Gaiman

Thanks Neil, you’re SO right.

So on this National Libraries Day, we’d love to hear what your library means to you. You can comment on this blog, send us an email or a tweet, or tell the staff in your library what you like best about the service and what it has done for you.

And spread the word – USE IT, LOVE IT, JOIN IT.


5 responses to “Happy National Libraries Day!

  1. One of the things my local library means to me is new recipes to try out. Today I made a banana bundt cake from the Nordic Bakery cookbook, which I borrowed from the library.


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  3. It’s great being able to try one recipe, or just a few, from a book without having to buy the whole thing, isn’t it? Thanks for the comment and we’re really glad you enjoy using the cookery books.


  4. A lovely write up in praise of Queen’s Park Library, from the Guardian Books blog: http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2014/feb/07/local-national-libraries-day-branch-vital


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