An ode to the public library, the gateway to an educated society

(5 Aug 2019)  From Geoff Gallop’s speech for the Premier’s Book Awards at the State Library of Western Australia, July 26, 2019 – “Libraries attract people — and we know they do — not only because of the information that can be accessed — or advice about how that can be done — but also because of what they represent in a world that favours action over inaction and doing over thinking. Libraries are places of silence, of reading and contemplative enquiry generally. It’s a quiet place full of activity unseen. Just imagine a world without such institutions and the wisdom they can bring, not just to the individual but to the communities from which they come.”

Read the full talk from The Mandarin here.