Mr. Asimov on Libraries

I saw this on Tumblr, and I had to put it here. Apparently a town opened a new library, and as part of the festivities, asked a bunch of writers at the time to write letters about libraries to the town’s children. This is the one that Isaac Asimov wrote. I’ve rarely seen a better summation of what libraries are for.

UPDATE: Wow, this post is apparently generating a highly unusual amount of traffic to my little old outpost on the Interweb! Hello to all new visitors, I hope some of you stick around…but I’m not sure of the source of the traffic, which seems to be coming from mail servers, which leads me to believe it’s a post on a Listserv or some other kind of mailing list. If someone wouldn’t mind dropping a bit of background as to where you’re all coming from in the comments, I’d appreciate it!

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10 Responses to Mr. Asimov on Libraries

  1. SK Waller says:

    That really is pretty cool.

  2. Ms. B. Kane says:

    Love this, and now I want to find this on a poster..in this same format (catalog card & all…)

  3. Nancy says:

    It was posted on lm_net, listserv for school librarians. Great post! Great letter! Great author!

  4. AliceRuth says:

    I received this through the alsc-l.ala.org list-serve: Ass. for Library Service to Children. I'm a children's librarian in South Florida. Thanks for posting this!

  5. josh & mk says:

    Yep, it's librarians invading your blog!

  6. josh & mk says:

    yep, it's librarians invading your blog.

  7. ArborVitae 2.0 says:

    It was sent out through the AASLForum listserv. Nice!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I came from Fusenews- a blog from NYPL's Elizabeth Bird. I'm a teacher and love books and libraries. Thanks for sharing this awesomeness with the world 🙂

  9. Jason Driver says:

    I am from the Public Library listserv. Quite Awesome stuff from Asimov. Libraries are and always will be the beacons of light to our communities.

  10. JR says:

    Also posted on PUBYAC, another listserv for children's and YA librarians

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