"No possession can surpass, or even equal a good library, to the lover of books. Here are treasured up for his daily use and delectation, riches which increase by being consumed, and pleasure that never cloy."
Off the Shelf, newsletter of Friends of the Oakland (CA) Public Library
"Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labor; read as one goes in; read as one goes out. The task of the educated mind is simply put: read to lead."
Roman Statesman, Philosopher, and Lawyer
The newsletter of Friends of the Largo Library, FL
Friends of Libraries U.S.A.
3rd President of the United States
Thomas Jefferson, in an 1821 letter to James Madison
"The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading old ones."
French Moralist and Essayist
Page Turner, newsletter of the Friends of the Whitefish Bay Library (WI)
"The only end of writing is to enable readers to enjoy life or better to endure it."
British Poet, Essayist, Editor, Critic, and Biographer
Newsnotes the newsletter of Jay County Public Library, IN
"What do we, as a nation, care about books? How much do you think we spend altogether on libraries, public or private, as compared with what we spend on our horses?"
English Art Critic, Social Thinker, Poet and Artist
The newsletter of the Friends of the Franklin Public Library, Franklin, WI
Author and Statesman
ALFA-Bits, the newsletter of the Astor Library Friends Association (OR)
"Make thy books thy companions; let thy cases and shelves by thy pleasure-grounds and gardens. If thy soul be satiate and weary, change from garden to garden, from furrow to furrow, from prospect to prospect. Then will thy desire renew itself, and thy soul be filled with delight."
Translator and Physician
Folio, newsletter of The Friends of the Macon County, N.C., Public Library
"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."
Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
footnotes, the newsletter of the Friends of the Park Forest Public Library, Summer 2002