Why we need libraries

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“Reading is sometimes thought of as a form of escapism, and it’s a common turn of phrase to speak of getting lost in a book. But a book can also be where one finds oneself; and when a reader is grasped and held by a book, reading does not feel like an escape from life so much as it feels like an urgent, crucial dimension of life itself.”  – Rebecca Mead (My Life in Middlemarch)

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“Books, for me, are a home. Books don’t make a home — they are one, in the sense that just as you do with a door, you open a book, and you go inside. Inside there is a different kind of time and space. There is warmth there too — a hearth. I sit down with a book and I am warm.”  – Jeanette Winterson (Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?)

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The book sculptures above are by Jodi Harvey-BrownJustin Rowe, Susan Hoerth, and Su Blackwell. Visit their websites to see more of their work. (The sculptures are made from recycled, damaged books — no readable books were harmed in the process!)

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