My Mum emailed me this link a few weeks ago, and it made me think about the place libraries hold in communities, and what they mean to people. I've been thinking about it ever since, so in an effort to get it out of my head, I thought I would post about it.
In the introduction to Podcastle episode 116: Paper Cuts Scissors by Holly Black, Anna Schwind talked about a set of laws she learned in library school - Ranganathan's 5 laws.
Ranganathan's 5 Laws of Library Science:
- Books are for use
- Every reader his [or her] book
- Every book its reader
- Save the time of the reader
- The library is a growing organism
She explained the second law as meaning that there is one book out there that belongs to each reader, that this is the book that, though you have a copy, you will buy it from a second hand book shop because you're so sad that someone sold it. The third law also struck a chord with her, and it does with me too. This is why I think libraries are awesome, and will only buy a book if it's for school or something I will use over and over and over (that means most likely not a novel as I am not much of a rereader). Libraries are there to facilitate you finding your book, and your book finding you.
So, what's your book?