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"Look, I would suggest you go from here directly to the library. Get a copy of the Bill of Rights and you'll realize that everybody has a right to say what they want to say."

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, responding to a journalist asking
why he supports the construction of an Islamic center several
blocks from Ground Zero in Manhattan.

"The Mayor, the Mosque, and Public Response," New York Times: City Room Blog, August 18, 2010.

"As a young person growing up in Hot Springs, Arkansas, I have many fond memories of the time I spent in the Garland County Library. As a student in high school and college, my love for learning was fostered and enhanced by all the resources I made use of in the libraries where I studied. Today the library is not only a special place for me but for my family as well."

Bill Clinton
U.S. President, 1993-2001

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

"I have a real soft spot in my heart for librarians and people who care about books."

Ann Richards
Former Governor of Texas

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

"Certainly, libraries serve as a base for the academic endeavors of students, adults, and others who are reading for enjoyment, school, or their professions. I am a strong believer in the power of the written word to help bring about changes in our society. Reading good books about a variety of subjects, both fiction and nonfiction, will provide a person with a great deal of knowledge about a number of subjects. Someone who reads is usually well-rounded, interesting, and well-informed. I make it a point to spend a portion of my time reading, and I encourage everyone to do the same."

Al Gore
Former Vice President

Al Gore, in a letter to ALA's Public Information Office, April 14, 1996.

"Libraries offer, for free, the wisdom of the ages - and sages - and, simply put, there's something for everyone inside."

Laura Bush
Former First Lady of the United States

Woman's Day

"If is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish."

S.I. Hayakawa (1906-1992)
American Academic and Political Figure

Friends of Libraries U.S.A.

"Reading is one of my favorite pastimes. When I was a young girl, I went to an old library in Coral Gables, Florida, to read my favorite books, Mary Poppins and The Wind in the Willows. They helped instill in me a sense of the wonder, the humor, and the spirit of life. As a student, I spent many hours studying in the libraries of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. As Attorney General, I have adopted an inner city school, Raymond Elementary, in Washington, D.C., and sometimes meet with the children in the library to read to them."

Janet Reno
Former Attorney General of the United States

Janet Reno, in a letter to ALA's Public Information Office, November 9, 1995.

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