I just found out that today, 9 February 2012 is National Libraries Day (albeit in the UK). If you happen to be over there, you are in luck as there will be all kinds of activities organized for the occasion. I just thought I would use this day as an excuse to write about how much I love libraries, and how deeply I believe they should be fully public, by which I mean EVERYONE should have free access to them (are you listening, Dutch government?). If that means they have to be subsidized, so be it. The Queen already gave up the throne (I love that she is so modern and she seems such a nice person), so perhaps that will imply some cost savings? Like I said, how do you expect foreigners to learn the language if they can not have free books/ classes available? Access to books, to a great deal of them should be a human right. Is it Marcela? And let's not forget that when people stop asking questions, the grounds are ready for totalitarianships. Books are key in keeping our minds open, in making us wonder of other ways of thinking, in transporting us to far away places and unknown worlds without having to leave the place we are. There are so many reasons why I love books, but today I just want to advocate for free libaries.
*Image via Tea.Toast.Fashion.