REPORTS continue to reach us which are heartening to librarians. In the outer unpleasantness of the black‐out there has come a new realization of the inner attractions of the fireside; and libraries are playing a definite part. It has been remarked, and is of course true, that for many of our people the opportunity has been given for the first time for twenty years to cultivate certain self‐activities. Music in the home is one of them; we have met men who used in youth to play an instrument now turning to it again; and the pleasure of creating music oneself instead of listening to wireless or gramophone records is great. For the first time others have turned to hobbies, handicrafts, games of skill, drawing; and many more than these have remembered that certain great books which they have had a life‐long desire to know still remain unread. In all this librarians see opportunity and play a leading part, putting out useful lists on the basis of that good slogan, “Books make Black‐outs Brighter.” We need not enlarge upon matters so obvious to the eager librarian. One thing he must have noted is the return to the greater classics, the land of Don Quixote, the immortal Vicar of Wakefield, of Jane Austen and Dickens amongst many others. It is strange how immortal the Immortals are—but, is it?
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