"Wherever I live, the library becomes my second home. Walking through the doors, I know that there are books calling to me that will make me laugh, stir my passions, and comfort my heart. And the people you meet there are wonderful."
"I got my first library card from the Flemington (N.J.) Free Public Library many years ago, and still feel that same sense of possibility when I enter a library — that here, somewhere, is the answer to all of life’s questions. Of course, what I’ve discovered is that each answer typically begets MORE questions, which means I’ll never run out of reasons to visit the library."
"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!"