Activists & Benefactors

"Ms. Berkin, my grade school librarian, truly saved my life. She took a rambunctious, distracted but intelligent kid who played a prank on the library, and rather than hold it against me, placed me into the inaugural gifted program that she created and ran. I have always counted my librarians as not just mentors, but friends. They don't just take care of books...they take care of me."

Ilene B. Benator

Authors for Libraries, a program of United for Libraries.

"In my work a good library is essential. It enables me to learn the background and previous discussions of the various issues I am called upon to decide. It provides the stability and continuity for the rule of law."

Sandra Day O?Connor
First female member of the Supreme Court of the United States.

American Library Association "Libraries Change Lives" Campaign, 1995.

"Libraries have always seemed like the richest places in the world to me, and I?ve done some of my best learning and thinking thanks to them. Libraries and librarians have definitely changed my life ? and the lives of countless other Americans."

Barbara Bush
First Lady of the United States, 1989-1993

American Library Association ?Libraries Change Lives? Campaign, 1995.

"I often wonder what my life would be like without the use of a library. Throughout my education and career, public and private libraries have been not only the key to much of the knowledge I have acquired, but also have given me a direction within my profession. The best thing about the library is that it is available not only to me, but to everyone. It does not discriminate."

David Horowitz
Conservative Activist, Writer

American Library Association "Libraries Change Lives" Campaign, 1995.

"I see the web and everything it stands for as being an immense improvement over our old arrangements. It?s absurd to sit around sentimentalizing about the decline of the book in the face of the kind of knowledge that the web now gives us, and the research it allows us to do."

Terry Belanger
MacArthur fellow and founder of Rare Book School.

?The Book Mechanic,? Chronicle of Higher Education, December 6, 2009.

"There is not such a cradle of democracy on earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration."

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)
Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

footnotes, the newsletter of the Friends of the Park Forest Public Library, Summer 2002

"It was from my own early experience that I decided there was no use to which money could be applied so productive of good to girls and boys who have good within them and ability and ambition to develop it as the founding of a public library."

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)
Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Friends of Libraries U.S.A.

"A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert."

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)
Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

by word of MALF, newsletter of Minnesota Association of Library Friends

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