Worth Reading: Neil Gaiman on “Why our future depends on libraries, reading, and daydreaming”

October 18, 2013 public libraries 8

This.  Omigosh, this.  Read it.  Read the whole thing.   “Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading, and daydreaming”   (The Guardian)  Gaiman brilliantly articulates why we need books, and libraries, and why (and how) we should encourage kids to read.

‘We have an obligation to imagine’ … Neil Gaiman gives The Reading Agency annual lecture on the future of reading and libraries. Photograph: Robin Mayes

8 Responses to “Worth Reading: Neil Gaiman on “Why our future depends on libraries, reading, and daydreaming””

  1. Greg

    Brilliant. I’ve never read Gaiman, though I know of him, but I have to say I have tremendous respect for him now. I couldn’t agree more. I wish everyone could read this. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      I love Gaiman, but I have to admit I’ve only read one and a half of his books so far. (Stardust and half of Coraline — the latter had to go back to my daughter’s classroom before I finished it.) I’ve been meaning to read Neverwhere, and I’m on the hold list for The Ocean at the End of the Lane at the library. I’ve read other nonfiction stuff he’s written on his blog and elsewhere, as well as seen several interviews, and I agree — enormous respect. BTW, if you want to read him, I recommend starting with Stardust!

    • Greg

      I saw the movie Stardust but I’m sure the book is much better. I really should read it, especially since the subject matter is interesting to me (and I think Charles Vess did art for it- always love his stuff).

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      Actually, the book is different in some significant ways, but I think they are both really wonderful. It’s one of the few times that a move made from a book is just as good (or nearly as good, or even slightly better, depending on your preferences) despite not being entirely faithful to the book. I love them both! I’ve never seen the original version of the book, with Charles Vess’ art, but I’d like to.