Magazine article American Libraries

How the World Sees Us

Magazine article American Libraries

How the World Sees Us

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"Some time after that first miserable try, I did what I should have done to begin with. I went to the library and pulled out a few articles...."

Physician and journalist ATUL GAWANDE, in the opening of his recent book The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right (Metropolitan Books, 2009).

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"A library is an enormous repository of information, entertainment, [and] also probably the densest concentration of potential boredom on earth."

JENNIFER SCHUESSLER on book reviewing in "Our Boredom, Ourselves," New York Times Book Review, Jan. 24.

"[The library is] one of the very few institutions on earth where any soul may walk through its doors free, and depart enriched."

DIANE ASSEO GRILICHES, Library: The Drama Within (University of New Mexico Press, 1996)

"The library had everything I wanted: a bathroom, a Toronto telephone book, all the morning's newspapers, warmth, and friendly staff."

PETER KUITENBROUWER, writing in the Canadian National Post about his experience at the Ashdale branch of the Toronto Public Library, which came to the rescue when he wound up in an unfamiliar neighborhood. "Gotta Love the Library," Jan. 6.

"[Having this library card is] like you're carrying a postcard in your wallet every day."

JANE LYNCH, on the image of Pasadena (Calif.) Public Library depicted on its library card, in "Consider the Library Card," Los Angeles Metblogs, Jan. 29.

"You're pretty cocky for someone whose job is obsolete because of the internet. …

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