Quote of the Week

Bauer, Joan

"When the going gets tough, the tough get a librarian." — Joan Bauer

Snicket, Lemony

“A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.” -- Lemony Snicket

Poundstone, Paula

“It's funny that we think of libraries as quiet, demure places where we are shushed by dusty, bun-balancing, bespectacled women. The truth is, libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community. Librarians have stood up to the Patriot Act, sat down with noisy toddlers and reached out to illiterate adults. Libraries can never be shushed.” -- Paula Poundstone

Cornish, Edward

Libraries enable the past to talk to the future.—Edward Cornish

Rogers, Al

In times of change, it is the learners who will inherit the earth, while the learned will find themselves beautifully equipped for a world that no longer exists. Libraries are for learners.—Al Rogers

Dyer, William

Libraries are the wardrobes of literature, whence men, properly informed may bring forth something for ornament, much for curiosity, and more for use.—William Dyer

Tetrick, Megan Jo

If we didn’t have libraries, many people thirsty for knowledge would dehydrate.—Megan Jo Tetrick, age 12

Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem

I’m not comfortable being preachy, but more people need to start spending as much time in the library as they do on the basketball court.—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Horowitz, David

I often wonder what my life would be like without the use of a library. Throughout my education and career, public and private libraries have been not only the key to much of the knowledge I have acquired, but also have given me a direction within my profession. The best thing about the library is that it is available not only to me, but to everyone. It does not discriminate.—David Horowitz, Conservative Activist and Writer

Block, Peter

Libraries stand for an institution that values ideas and thought. They are politically neutral and no one is arguing about them. What other existing institutions have the capacity to help strangers come together? ­Libraries are right at the top; the other is fire stations. Fire stations, however, haven’t yet discovered their convening capacity.—Peter Block


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