“Britain Faces Closing the Book on Libraries”

Here’s a bittersweet story from NPR the other day–appropriately, it came on as I was pulling out of the library parking lot. Bitter, of course, in the closing of public libraries; the sweetness: the strong attachment of communities to their libraries, even to the point of inspiring typically non-active citizens to activism.

From NPR.org: Stony Stratford Library, in a small town near Milton Keynes, may be closing. Last month, customers checked out all 16,000 books as a protest against the proposed closure.

From the NPR story’s combox:

“For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. … unless wariness be used, as good almost kill a man as kill a good book; who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God’s image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye.” -John Milton
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