"The best ally in the struggle against violent Islamism is moderate Islam. The unfounded attacks on the backers of Park51 and others, along with such sideshows as a pastor calling for the burning of Korans, give substance to the Al Qaeda argument that the U.S. is waging a war against Islam, rather than against the terrorists' misshapen effigy of the religion. Those stirring the pot in this debate are casting a spell that is far more dangerous than they may imagine."
Media & Journalists
Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, screenwriter, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine.
?The Talk of the Town,? The New Yorker, September 20, 2010.
"But there's a wild card in all this, namely the library card. My numbers are based on a single use of a book. Yet each time somebody reads a library book, its environmental burden is reduced, because its production requires only a onetime resource use, whereas the e-device needs power for each use. Moreover, paper books can survive hundreds of years and readings; the e-reader, if it has its ancestors' DNA, is doomed to a comparatively brief existence. Hence, as Nicholson Baker concluded in his cantankerous book about books, Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper, it may be premature to want only abandon paper tomes. And there will always be a place for public libraries."
?Ask Mr. Green,? Sierra Magazine, September/October 2010.
"The closest thing we will ever come to an orderly universe is a good library."
Author and Syndicated Cartoonist
From the website of the Friends of Stewart Library at Weber State University (Ogden, Utah)
"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."
American Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Journalist, Author, and Blogger
From the newsletter of the Rhode Island Coalition of Library Advocates
American astronomer, Astrophysicist, Cosmologist, Author and Science Communicator
From Unabridged, the newsletter of the Friends of the Folsom Library at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.
American Media Personality and Author
From Footsteps, the newsletter of the Friends of the Auburn (Calif.) Library
"A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas - a place where history comes to life."
American Political Journalist, Author, and Professor
Just Between Friends, newsletter of the Carmel Clay Public Library, IN
"The richest person in the world - in fact, all the riches in the world - couldn't provide you with anything like the endless, incredible loot available at your local library. You can measure the awareness, the breadth and the wisdom of a civilization, a nation, a people by the priority given to preserving these repositories of all that we are, all that we were, or will be. Our libraries are being eroded alarmingly by inflation. It behooves us - all of us - to stop the rot by the application of that prime preserver - money."
Malcom Forbes as quoted in Forbes Magazine, March 22, 1999
"My guess is (it will be) about 300 years until computers are as good as, say, your local reference library in search."
Director of Technology, Google.com.
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