past and pending

~ some of the past and a little that is pending


from Possession by A.S. Byatt



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Self reliance.

We don’t need a building to define what we do. We define what the building is for.

David Lankes

About a week or so ago David Lankes held a webinar for New Zealand Librarians, Finding Heroes posted the first of hopefully many ideas to takeaway from it this week.

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Libraries are far more than just books — they are the heart of democracy and the souls of our communities”

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“With a public library card in your hand, you have access to the Internet and a world of opportunities.”

—Bill Gates

If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our Library.

John F. Kennedy (via lostbetweenthenotes)

Only librarians like to search, everyone else likes to find.

Roy Tennant (via therippedlibrarian)

"Your heart is a weapon the size of your fist.
Keep fighting. Keep loving”

Be curious,
not judgmental.
~ Walt Whitman

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Neither a lender nor a borrower be… said no library ever.


Shakespeare library jokes anyone? Or is it too early in the morning?

An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them

Stephen Fry (via jyhslibrary)


Books have always taken me on fantastic journeys and inspired me to create my own adventures.

I’m of a fearsome mind to throw my arms around every living librarian who crosses my path, on behalf of the souls they never knew they saved.

Barbara Kingsolver (via curlupwithagoodbook)

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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. The public library is the great equalizer.

Keith Richards (via nypl)

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