Wednesday, June 01, 2011

A Library Through Other Eyes

Currently I am reading Among Others by Jo Walton. I am really enjoying the story of a young Welsh girl, Morwenna, who finds herself in an English boarding school after a mysterious incident which killed her twin sister and left her estranged from her mother. Morwenna is an avid reader and finds solace particularly in Science Fiction stories. She spends a great deal of time in her school library as well as her public library looking for new things to read. Readers of SF will enjoy all the allusions to famous authors of Science Fiction. I loved the following quote, and wanted to share it with you.

Interlibrary loans are a wonder of the world and a glory of civilization.

Libraries are really wonderful. They're better than bookshops, even. I mean bookshops make a profit on selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts.
I think I am really going to like this book!

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