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

John Goodman

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

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

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

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

Katharine Hepburn

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

"I've just surfaced from spending several days in a state of rapture: I was reading a book. I loved this book. I loved every second of it. I was transported into its world? I felt alive and engaged and positively brilliant, bursting with ideas, brimming with memories of other books I've loved."

Nora Ephron
American Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Journalist, Author, and Blogger

From the newsletter of the Rhode Island Coalition of Library Advocates

"What can I say? Librarians rule!"

Regis Philbin
American Media Personality

From Footsteps, the newsletter of the Friends of Auburn (Calif.) Library

"All you need in life is truth and beauty and you can find both at the Public Library."

Studs Terkel
American Author, Historian, Actor, and Broadcaster

The Library Voice, newsletter of the Friends of the New Smyrna Beach Library, FL

"My mother and father were illiterate immigrants from Russia. When I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building and take a book on any subject. They couldn't believe this access to knowledge we have here in America. They couldn't believe it was free."

Kirk Douglas

BookBytes, newsletter of Friends of Fairfield County Library, SC

"My most prized possession was my library card from the Oakland Public Library."

Bill Russell
US Professional Basketball Player

The newsletter of the Friends of the Anderson Library (IN)

"I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book."

Groucho Marx (1890-1977)
American Comedian and Film Star

The newsletter of the Issaquah (WA) Friends


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