Jo Goodwin: A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone

 

A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.

– Jo Goodwin

Yes, that’s the function of a library, to represent a wide range of views including marginalized views and the ones that offend certain groups. Just like I want people I disagree with and whom offend me to have a voice in society, I want a library to have books that offend me. That’s the sign of a healthy society and a good library.

It’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.

– Judy Blume

These quotes are from A Mighty Girl on Facebook.

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