How would we react if our library was under threat of looting and vandalism during a time of extreme crisis? I'd like to think that we would do what these people did to protect the Library at Alexandria (yes, THAT library!) this month in Egypt.
Here is what the library director had to say on the library's site:
Director’s Statement to Our friends Around the World: The Events in Egypt
30 Jan 2011
The library is safe thanks to Egypt’s youth, whether they be the staff of the Library or the representatives of the demonstrators, who are joining us in guarding the building from potential vandals and looters. I am there daily within the bounds of the curfew hours. However, the Library will be closed to the public for the next few days until the curfew is lifted and events unfold towards an end to the lawlessness and a move towards the resolution of the political issues that triggered the demonstrations.
Librarian of Alexandria
Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina
"Young students from the university designed and made a huge National Flag, and put it on the steps of the Library which elicited cheers from passing demonstrators as the director waved to the crowds."
to protect their future and our past too.
shows gaurdians joining hands.