Posted by: ccclib | October 16, 2013

“I’m biased as a writer. But I am much, much more biased as a reader.”

Today The Guardian printed a recent  lecture by author Neil Gaiman explaining why literacy and libraries are essential:

photo by pinguino k

I’m going to tell you that libraries are important. I’m going to suggest that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do. I’m going to make an impassioned plea for people to understand what libraries and librarians are, and to preserve both of these things…

…Fiction [is] a gateway drug to reading. The drive to know what happens next, to want to turn the page, the need to keep going, even if it’s hard, because someone’s in trouble and you have to know how it’s all going to end … that’s a very real drive. And it forces you to learn new words, to think new thoughts, to keep going. To discover that reading per se is pleasurable. Once you learn that, you’re on the road to reading everything. And reading is key.

Read the full article: Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming (The Guardian)

To further your own fiction reading, be sure to look through the Popular and ARC collections at both of Calhoun’s libraries.


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