"My son placed that brand new driver's license in his wallet alongside his library card, and it occurred to me that these two documents have much in common. Both support America's free and independent way of life. The driver's license allows my son, and all of our sons and daughters, the individual freedom of personal mobility. The library card gives him, and all of our sons and daughters, the freedom of thought and speech so essential for members of a democratic society."
Board of Directors, Ford Motor Company
From a talk given in 1996 at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Detroit Public Library
"The library is not only a diary of the human race, but marks an act of faith in the continuity of humanity."
President, Carnegie Corporation of New York
Off the Shelf, newsletter of Friends of the Oakland Public Library, CA
"Libraries offer, for free, the wisdom of the ages - and sages - and, simply put, there's something for everyone inside."
Former First Lady of the United States
"A library is a true fairyland, a very palace of delight, a haven of repose from the storms and troubles of the world. Rich and poor can enjoy it alike, for here, at least, wealth gives no advantage."
Focus, the newsletter of the Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library (CA)
"The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency - the belief that the here and now is all there is."
American Philosopher, Classicist, and Academic
Friends of Libraries U.S.A.
"To read is to empower
To empower is to write
To write is to influence
To influence is to change
To change is to live."
Library Link, newsletter of the Family Friends of the Billerica Public Library, Inc. (MA)
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.?
American Cultural Anthropologist
The newsletter of Friends of the Largo Public Library, FL
"October is crisp days and cool nights, a time to curl up around the dancing flames and sink into a good book."
Notes from Friends, newsletter of the Friends of the Staunton (VA) Public Library
"We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth."
Turning the Page, newsletter of Friends of the Adamstown (PA) Area Library
"You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend."
Between Friends, newsletter of the Blount County (TN) Friends of the Library