Wednesday, July 25, 2007

"presiding over an orderly world"

"Growing up, we kids were aware of how much of our lives was a performance for adults. In school, at church, in Scouts, adults were watching, cueing you, coaching, encouraging, commenting, but in the library, you didn't have to perform for the librarian. She simply presided over an orderly world in which you had the freedom of your own imagination. The silence was not repressive but liberating: to allow your imagination to play, uninhibited by others".
Source: Garrison Keillor: "A trip to the library can restore your faith in democracy". In: Salt Lake Tribune, June 30, 2007

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