"My local library was a second home for me as a child. I discovered so many treasures in the library and to this day, I still feel a sense of peace and wonder every time I walk into one."
"I received my first library card in elementary school and was amazed at all of the free books available to me. I still find it magical to visit the library and consider all of the reading possibilities."
"Nothing will replace the feeling of first getting lost in a library, looking up in a haze after you've spent hours looking down into a book. Every writer was first a reader, and those lovely memories of long afternoons spent in stacks is something we all cherish. We write in the hope of someday creating that same experience for someone else."
"I learned to read at an early age, so out of all the students in my first grade class, I was allowed to check out books, an honor I never forgot. I remember my librarian, Mrs. Anderson, saving a book for me and saying, 'Look, Jane! A new book by Dr. Seuss!' It was How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a book I read every year to all the students in my own library, pleased to be carrying on the wonderful tradition of librarians everywhere: sharing the delight of a good book."
"From the time I learned to read the library provided me with an escape from an unhappy childhood, introducing me to new worlds and new possibilities that gave me hope for a brighter future."
"I grew up hiding in the library aisles with Nancy Drew, and Trixie Belden, and the Boxcar Children. They are, I believe, the secret portal to other-worlds. Who needs wardrobes when you have a library?"
"If a building can pay you a compliment, that's just what a library does. A library will believe in your potential your whole life."
"I offered my biography at a conference by citing the formative libraries in my life from childhood through education, profession, and family life -- a no-brainer way for me to describe my journey and a telling comment on the importance of libraries to me!"
"When I was not quite four I sneaked out of the house and walked to the library, almost a mile away. When I got there I asked the librarian where the third-grade section was. I didn't know how to read yet, but I thought looking at a book for bigger kids might teach me. I picked out a book and sat at a table, trying to figure out how to read. Maybe if I sat there long enough I would learn. The librarian wandered by and said I had the book upside down. When turning the book the right way didn't help, I brought it to the front desk and said I wanted to check it out. The librarian gave me a card to fill out. I knew how to print my first and last name. Soon after, my mother came for me. I don't remember her being angry. Maybe because people didn't raise their voices in a library. But that's how I got my first library card."
"I owe libraries everything, including my mystery writing career. When I was 12, I had read the entire kids' section of my library, so they sent me upstairs to the adult books. But I was sure I wasn't supposed to be there, so I ducked into the first room so I wouldn't get sent back down. It was the mystery room, where I discovered Agatha Christie and Mary Higgins Clark. The mystery room is precisely where I needed to be."