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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

In defense of the libraries: a lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens...

“… I was once in New York, and I listened to a talk about the building of private prisons – a huge growth industry in America. The prison industry needs to plan its future growth – how many cells are they going to need? How many prisoners are there going to be, 15 years from now? And they found they could predict it very easily, using a pretty simple algorithm, based on asking what percentage of 10 and 11-year-olds couldn’t read…”

Read the full article by Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

[Photograph: Robin Mayes – courtesy of The Guardian ]

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