Entertainment & Sports Figures

"Very often after school I would make my way to the library and while away a few hours of browsing through the shelves. This was my introduction to opinions about history, science, the arts, and humanities that my school or parents never taught me. I've had a library card for as long as I can remember and I continue to use my card for much of the research I do for the roles I play."

Jane Alexander
Actor

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

"When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before."

Clifton Fadiman (1904-1999)
American Intellectual, Author, Radio and Television Personality

The newsletter of the Friends of Arlington (VA) County Public Library

"The privilege we have in this country to borrow books from our public libraries is quite wonderful, really ? it empowers all of us to keep on learning and exploring throughout our lives. That?s very special, because life is all about growing, changing and opening ourselves up to new ideas and information."

Elizabeth Taylor
Actor

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

"Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't."

Pete Seeger (1919-)
American Folk Singer

Notes from Friends, newsletter of the Friends of the Staunton (VA) Library

"We all love to hear a good story. We save our stories in books. We save our books in libraries. Libraries are the storyhouses full of all those stories and secrets."

Kathy Bates
Actor

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

"I'm a voracious reader. You have to read to survive. People who read for pleasure are wasting their time. Reading isn't fun; it's indispensable."

Woody Allen (1935-)
American Screenwriter, Director, Actor, Comedian, Jazz Musician, Author, and Playwright

Friends of Libraries U.S.A.

"When I was young, we couldn't afford much. But, my library card was my key to the world."

John Goodman
Actor

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

"The free access to information is not a privilege, but a necessity for any free society. One of my favorite things to do as a young man was wander through the stacks of my hometown library. I'd just browse until I found something interesting. Libraries have definitely changed my life."

Edward Asner
Actor

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

"The part of my education that has had the deepest influence wasn't any particular essay or even a specific class, it was how I was able to apply everything I learned in the library to certain situations in my life. . . The library takes me away from my everyday life and allows me to see other places and learn to understand other people unlike myself."

Gloria Estefan
Musician

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

"What in the world would we do without our libraries?"

Katharine Hepburn
Actor

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

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