The Library and the Church

Bibliothek, Marketing

In Modern Family (season 5, episode 21), Haley Dunphy utters another library aphorism:

“That’s a library? I thought it was a church for a religion that didn’t allow makeup.”

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(Being a councillor is) “a bit of a waste of time, to be honest. It’s not like you get to drop bombs on Osama bin Laden or anything like that. You just talk about how to get more teenagers to use the libraries … “

Why do we bother to bring more kids into the library (even though they don’t want to spend their time there)? Why should it matter? Is it only so that we (i.e. librarians) keep our jobs? How would a teenager (or anybody else, for that matter) benefit from using a library? 

 What is the summum bonum a library (and only a library) can offer?

Nick Hornby, Slam

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