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"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
Journalist

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

"Have you been to the library lately? It's more than just a place to grab a book--and these days, it's more popular than ever."

Jenniffer Weigel
Television Personality, Author and Performer

?What to Love about Libraries,? Chicago Tribune, October 3, 2010

"Reading is a pleasure of the mind, which means that it is a little like a sport: your eagerness and knowledge and quickness count for something. The fun of reading is not that something is told to you, but that you stretch your mind. Your own imagination works along with the author's, or even goes beyond his, yields the same or different conclusions, and your ideas develop as you understand his."

Bennett Cerf (1898-1971)
Publisher and Co-Founder of Random House

Newsnotes the newsletter of Jay County Public Library, IN

"In education, we would do well to appreciate what our country has built, and to try to fix what is undeniably wrong without declaring the entire system to be broken. We have a moral obligation to be precise about what the problems in American education are--like sub par schools for poor and minority children--and to resist heroic ideas about what would solve them, if those ideas don't demonstrably do that."

Nicholas Lemann
Dean and Henry R. Luce Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

?The Talk of the Town,? The New Yorker, September 27, 2010.

"Books will persist because they're beautiful and useful. They're like horses after the automobile - not gone, but transformed into a recreational beast."

Disk Brass
Microsoft

Microsoft's Dick Brass, quoted in Newsweek, January 1, 2000

"Many public library systems?the five biggies are Boston, New York, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles?have faced an ugly two years of recession-spawned budget cuts and trimmed hours. Yet political leaders who control the purse strings for the biggest cities fought and saved their libraries from severe harm. The city that has not done that is Los Angeles."

Patrick Range McDonald

?City of Airheads: Villaraigosa Dismantles L.A.?s Vaunted Library System,? L.A. Weekly, September 16, 2010.

"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."

Lawrence Wright
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."

Bob Schildgen
Journalist

?Ask Mr. Green,? Sierra Magazine, September/October 2010.

"The closest thing we will ever come to an orderly universe is a good library."

Ashleigh Brilliant
Author and Syndicated Cartoonist

From the website of the Friends of Stewart Library at Weber State University (Ogden, Utah)

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