Mr. Gaiman's words spoke to me as a reader, teacher, and librarian; it was challenging to select only a snippet of content to feature with the video.
"Libraries are about Freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information."
"I worry that here in the 21st Century people misunderstand what libraries are and the purpose of them. If you perceive a library as a shelf of books, it may seem antiquated or outdated in a word in which most, but not all, books in print exist digitally. But that is to fundamentally miss the point." -- Neil Gaiman, The Reading Agency, 10/14/13
Watch the video. Read the entire lecture here: Neil Gaiman, Reading & Obligation