Inspiring talk and stories

Inspiring talk and stories

Inspiring talk and stories

Date posted: October 21, 2013

Author Neil Gaiman recently delivered the annual Reading Agency lecture on libraries and reading. Among other things, he makes the case for the importance of reading and libraries for imagination and the future. It’s a timely read during Canadian Library Month.

Here’s an excerpt from the edited version:

I believe we have an obligation to read for pleasure, in private and in public places. If we read for pleasure, if others see us reading, then we learn, we exercise our imaginations. We show others that reading is a good thing.

We have an obligation to support libraries. To use libraries, to encourage others to use libraries, to protest the closure of libraries. If you do not value libraries then you do not value information or culture or wisdom. You are silencing the voices of the past and you are damaging the future.

We have an obligation to read aloud to our children. To read them things they enjoy. To read to them stories we are already tired of. To do the voices, to make it interesting, and not to stop reading to them just because they learn to read to themselves. Use reading-aloud time as bonding time, as time when no phones are being checked, when the distractions of the world are put aside.

Read the whole edited version here

For more narrative inspiration on the power of literacy, our website shares stories from BC:
Stories of adult literacy
Stories of child and family literacy
Stories of community literacy
Stories of youth literacy

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