For all the on-the-day details about the re-opening, go to Part 1 of this two-part plus special gallery feature.
With this gallery, we supply some fast facts about libraries, offer two of Alison Alexander’s recipes, and splurge on ten plus one quotations – yes, there’s a bonus quotation right there for you – about the delights of the library.
Libraries – Seven Succulent Speedy Facts
- The existence of what we could loosely call a library goes back almost 5000 years to Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq).
- Ancient libraries stored clay tablets of cunieform script, recording, for example, commercial transactions, storing government records, and literary and religious stories.
- The library of Alexandria, in Egypt, is arguably one of the best known of the ancient world’s libraries, and is also remembered because of the great fire that reportedly destroyed thousands of its books, though accounts vary considerably.
- The modern public library has its roots in 16th-century England where the earliest public library is reputedly the Francis Trigge Chained Library in Grantham, Lincolnshire.
- In 1850, the British parliament passed the Public Libraries Act, which marked the beginnings of the libraries we know today (though without the digital, virtual dimension, naturally).
- Brisbane City Council libraries receive over 6 million visitors per year, according to Sharan Harvey, Manager of Library Services.
- The Mitchelton Library refurbishment was funded with a $1.39 million budget – money very well spent.
Alison Alexander’s Recipes
Alison very kindly provided several recipes for attendees at the library opening. City of Images snaffled a couple and has permission to reproduce them here, courtesy of the library and Alison. Enjoy.
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10 Plus One Library Quotations Full of Alphabet Goodness
- I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library – Jorge Luis Borges
- A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library – Shelby Foote
- The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man – TS Eliot
- The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library – Albert Einstein (It’s at 37 Heliopolis Pde, Mitchelton – Ed.)
- What in the world would we do without our libraries – Katharine Hepburn
- For him that stealeth,or borroweth and returneth not, this book from its owner, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with palsy, and all his members blasted. Let him languish in pain, crying aloud for mercy, and let there be no surcease to this agony till he sing in dissolution. Let bookworms gnaw his entrails in token of the worm that dieth not, and when at last he goeth to his last punishment, let the flames of hell consume him for ever – Curse on book thieves, from the monastery of San Pedro, Barcelona, Spain.
- A public library is the most democratic thing in the world. What can be found there has undone dictators and tyrants: demagogues can persecute writers and tell them what to write as much as they like, but they cannot vanish what has been written in the past, though they try often enough…People who love literature have at least part of their minds immune from indoctrination. If you read, you can learn to think for yourself – Doris Lessing
- My parents, and librarians along the way, taught me about the space between words; about the margins, where so many juicy moments of life and spirit and friendship could be found. In a library, you could find miracles and truth and you might find something that would make you laugh so hard that you get shushed, in the friendliest way – Anne Lamott
- Librarians have always been among the most thoughtful and helpful people. They are teachers without a classroom. No libraries, no progress – Willard Scott
- There was one place where I forgot the cold, indeed forgot Siberia. That was in the library. There, in that muddy village, was a great institution. Not physically, to be sure, but in every other way imaginable. It was a small log cabin, immaculately attended to with loving care; it was well lighted with oil lamps and it was warm. But best of all, it contained a small but amazing collection from the world’s best literature, truly amazing considering the time, the place, and its size. From floor to ceiling it was lined with books – books, books, books. It was there that I was to become acquainted with the works of Dumas, Pasternak’s translations of Shakespeare, the novels of Mark Twain, Jack London, and of course the Russians. It was in that log cabin that I escaped from Siberia – either reading there or taking the books home. It was between that library and two extraordinary teachers that I developed a lifelong passion for the great Russian novelists and poets. It was there that I learned to line up patiently for my turn to sit at a table and read, to wait – sometimes months – for a book. It was there that I learned that reading was not only a great delight, but a privilege — Esther Hautzig, The endless steppe. Puffin (pp. 138/9 of the 1981 ed).
- Libraries raised me – Ray Bradbury
Here’s the gallery, and don’t forget our special feature on the Indigenous Art Mobile Art Gallery exhibition from Indig-N-Arts.