Philip Pullman on the value of libraries

I promise to return to listing new books soon, but this weather is wreaking havoc on my usual work schedule.

So, for today, I want to share the text of a speech Philip Pullman* delivered in the UK about the value of libraries: http://falseeconomy.org.uk/blog/save-oxfordshire-libraries-speech-philip-pullman

I especially like the end:

“The public library, again. Yes, I’m writing a book, Mr Mitchell, and yes, I hope it’ll make some money. But I’m not praising the public library service for money. I love the public library service for what it did for me as a child and as a student and as an adult. I love it because its presence in a town or a city reminds us that there are things above profit, things that profit knows nothing about, things that have the power to baffle the greedy ghost of market fundamentalism, things that stand for civic decency and public respect for imagination and knowledge and the value of simple delight. … Leave the libraries alone. You don’t know the value of what you’re looking after. It is too precious to destroy.”

*Philip Pullman is the author of the His dark materials trilogy, which includes The golden compass (also known as Northern lights), The subtle knife, and The amber spyglass.

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