Here we are at the end of Children’s Book Week and I will go back to concentrating on adult books. But first, a quote about libraries from middle grade novel The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente.
“A silent Library is a sad Library. A Library without patrons on whom to pile books and tales and knowing and magazines full of up-to-the-minute politickal fashions and atlases and plays in pentameter! A Library should be full of exclamations! Shouts of delight and horror as the wonders of the world are discovered or the lies of the heavens uncovered or the wild adventures of devil-knows-who sent romping out of the pages. A Library should be full of now-just-a-minutes and that-can’t-be-rights and scientifick folk running skelter to prove somebody wrong. It should positively vibrate with laughing at comedies and sobbing at tragedies, it should echo with gasps as decent ladies glimpse indecent things and indecent ladies stumble upon secret and scandalous decencies! A Library should not shush; it should roar!” — Abecedaria, the cataloging imp
Here’s to children’s books and to Libraries that roar!!!