Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Kurt Vonnegut on Libraries and Books

I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength, who, all over this country (the United States), have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and destroyed records rather than have to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.
So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House, the Supreme Court, the Senate, the House of Representatives, or the media. The America I loved still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.
And still on the subject of books: our daily news sources, newspapers and TV, are now so craven, so unvigilant on behalf of the American people, so uninformative, that only in books do we learn what's really going on.
2005 Kurt Vonnegut Extracted from A Man Without a Country: A Memoir of Life in George W Bush's America, published by Bloomsbury

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Once a month Galway City Library hosts the 'Over the Edge' poetry reading evening. The March 2006 session takes place on Thursday the 30th between 6.30 and 8.00pm.

The featured readers are Tom Duddy, Susan Lindsay and Jarlath Fahy.

Everyone welcome

For further details contact Kevin Higgins on 087-6431748 or e-mail
kphiggins@hotmail.com .

Friday, February 24, 2006

Welcome to the first Irish Public Library Blog

"Each underappreciated book that comes out of the stacks is an advertisement for further exploration"...The Library Journal