Posts Tagged ‘libraries’

Because of Libraries We Can Say These Things

Because of Libraries We Can Say These Things by Naomi Shihab Nye

She is holding the book close to her body,
carrying it home on the cracked sidewalk,
down the tangled hill.
If a dog runs at her again, she will use the book as a shield.

She looked hard among the long lines
of books to find this one.
When they start talking about money,
when the day contains such long and hot places,
she will go inside.
An orange bed is waiting.
Story without corners.
She will have two families.
They will eat at different hours.

She is carrying a book past the fire station
and the five and dime.

What this town has not given her
the book will provide; a sheep,
a wilderness of new solutions.
The book has already lived through its troubles.
The book has a calm cover, a straight spine.

When the step returns to itself,
as the best place for sitting,
and the old men up and down the street
are latching their clippers,

she will not be alone.
She will have a book to open
and open and open.
Her life starts here.

Source: 5 Poems About Libraries

April Is National Poetry Month – “In the Library” by Charles Simic

In the Library by Charles Simic

There’s a book called
A Dictionary of Angels.
No one had opened it in fifty years,
I know, because when I did,
The covers creaked, the pages
Crumbled. There I discovered

The angels were once as plentiful
As species of flies.
The sky at dusk
Used to be thick with them.
You had to wave both arms
Just to keep them away.

Now the sun is shining
Through the tall windows.
The library is a quiet place.
Angels and gods huddled
In dark unopened books.
The great secret lies
On some shelf Miss Jones
Passes every day on her rounds.

She’s very tall, so she keeps
Her head tipped as if listening.
The books are whispering.
I hear nothing, but she does.

Source: Transactions with Beauty – “5 Poems about Libraries”

Libraries are cool

Tianjin Binhai Library – China

The Chimney Map

Libraries – Preservers and Promoters of Culture

“The continuing story of a huge 17th century map found stuffed up a chimney is told by a conservator, a map curator, a historian and an explorer.  As the map is painstakingly conserved at the National Library of Scotland, it unfolds stories of exploration, battles, slavery, kingship and knowledge.”

Oldest Library in the World Restored

Add a visit to the oldest library in the world (recently restored) to your bucket list!

The library at the University of al-Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morroco, was founded by a Muslim woman and opened its doors in 859. Read more …

7 Surprises about Libraries from Pew Research

Library research  Lee Rainie writes: “The Pew Research Center’s studies about libraries and where they fit in the lives of their communities and patrons have  uncovered some surprising facts about what Americans think of libraries and the way they use them.”

          7 Surprises about Libraries …


Why Libraries & Librarians Matter

National Library Symbol A UC Berkeley report says that “New Chancellor Nicholas Dirks should spend more money on the library at the University of California, Berkeley, as its books, services and space will be more important than ever over the next two decades.”

Why?  Here are a few of the reasons given in the report:

Libraries, “both as places and services — will be more, rather than less critical to University research and teaching in the next 20 years.”

“Even with so much scholarly information appearing online … researchers need help sorting the wheat from the chaff … Paradoxically, the massive and largely unregulated expansion of scholarly materials and information on the Internet has made it more difficult for scholars to locate authenticated materials.”

The report is “wary of digitized collections such as those created by Google and academic publishers. University brains tend to think in terms of centuries; their counterparts in the private sector often plan by quarter or year.”

The report warns that “publishers are not reliable long-term stewards of scholarly information. Journals change hands, and publishers come and go.”

“For now, the report says, physical collections of books and journals are still the best way to preserve scholarly information for the long term, along with university-sponsored digital library projects including the Hathi Trust.”

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