[Library Media] Neil Gaiman quote

Earley, Belann Belann.Earley at canyonsdistrict.org
Tue Nov 18 08:46:22 MST 2014

>From Shelf Awareness Pro.

"I think it's short-sighted. For me, closing libraries is the equivalent of eating your seed corn to save a little money. They recently did a survey that showed that among poor white boys in England, 45% have reading difficulties and cannot read for pleasure. Which is a monstrous statistic, especially when you start thinking about it as a statistic that measures not just literacy but also as a measure of imagination and empathy, because a book is a little empathy machine. It puts you inside somebody else's head. You see out of the world through somebody else's eyes. It's very hard to hate people of a certain kind when you've just read a book by one of those people. So in that context, as far as I'm concerned, closing libraries is endangering the future. You know, at least with the libraries there, you're in with a chance."
--Neil Gaiman<http://www.shelf-awareness.com/ct/uz6571758Biz23207679> in the Guardian's edited extract from an interview in Create<http://www.shelf-awareness.com/ct/uz6571758Biz23207680>, which will be published by the Arts Council today


Belann Earley
Library/Media Specialist
Union Middle School
Sandy, UT

Good Readers are Good Readers because they read. (Stephen Krashen)
Google can bring back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.
          ~Neil Gaiman~

Currently reading:
Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson
Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost
Cress by Marissa Meyer

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