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"My guess is (it will be) about 300 years until computers are as good as, say, your local reference library in search."

Craig Silverstein
Director of Technology,

CBS, CBS Sunday Morning, March 28, 2004.

"For years it was predicted that libraries would become superfluous - mausoleums for books - when so much was available on-line. Instead, library visits now far exceed annual attendance at sporting events, concerts, and museums combined. It turns out that the very electronic revolution that was supposed to make libraries obsolete has made them indispensable."

U.S. News and World Report, July 12, 1999

U.S. News and World Report, July 12, 1999

"In hard times, libraries are more important than ever. Human beings need what books give them better than any other medium. Since ancient nights around prehistoric campfires, we have needed myth. And heroes. And moral tales. And information about the world beyond the nearest mountains or oceans.

Pete Hamill
Columnist, New York Daily News

New York Daily News, February 25, 2002.

"The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history."

Carl Rowan (1925-2000)
Columnist, Journalist, and Diplomat

Among Friends, newsletter of the Friends of the Detroit Public Library

"Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation."

Walter Cronkite

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

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."

Scott Adams (1957-)
Author and Comic Strip Artist

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

"As a child, I loved to read books. The library was a window to the world, a pathway to worlds and people far from my neighborhood in Philadelphia. And even today, as I travel around the world, I often visit places I used to dream about because of the books I'd read. The library made a difference in my life."

Ed Bradley

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

"I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves."

Anna Quindlen (1953-)
American Author, Journalist, and Opinion Columnist

Bookplate, newsletter of Friends of Library, Boone County, Arkansas, Inc.

"As a young person, libraries gave me access to reading and research materials that otherwise would have been difficult for me to obtain. I see libraries as a shining light. Libraries helped open the world to me ? and they continue to enlighten me."

John H. Johnson
American Businessman and Publisher

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

"The Supreme Court opens its new term Monday, and the justices will be quickly confronted with a potentially momentous question: Are offensive and hurtful words always protected as free speech, even when the speaker and the target are private people, not public figures?"

David G. Savage

"Free Speech vs. Private Lives: Supreme Court to Hear Case on Funeral Protests," Chicago Tribune, October 3, 2010.


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