Magazine article American Libraries

Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us

Magazine article American Libraries

Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us

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"There is no point, it is useless, reading has and always will be something for only a minority. We aren't going to demand that everybody have a passion for reading." 1998 Nobel laureate in literature JOSE SARAMAGO, criticizing Portugal's new program to encourage reading among schoolchildren, Agence France Presse, June 1.

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"Kankakee is pulling itself back from the brink. And it all started with the library." Author and University of Illinois at Chicago English Professor LUIS ALBERTO URREA on the economic upturn of the midsized Illinois town, in "Kankakee Gets Its Groove Back," New York Times, June 11.

"Mr. Snicket believes that summertime is such a dangerous season, what with sunburn and melted ice cream and the possibility of summer camp, that it's best to stay indoors and read." "A Series of Unfortunate Events" series author DANIEL HANDLER, promoting Barnes and Noble's summer reading program, Associated Press, May 22.

"My opinion is, no one dies if the library closes. We have to look at parts of the budget that reflect people's ability to live--not to enjoy life, but to live." Medway, Massachussets, Finance Committee member PHIL GIANGARRA in "Medway May Axe Library," Milford Daily News, May 11.

"Action heroes are always saying stuff like 'Follow that car!' but I believe The Da Vinci Code is the first movie where the hero says, instead, 'I have to get to a library. Fast!'" Reviewer CHRIS HEWITT in "Catch Code," St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press, May 18.

"Six years ago, an arsonist started a fire in this Gooding County [Idaho] community's library that lit more flames under local butts than any punk's match could ever scorch." Reporter WILL SITES in "Burned to the Ground in 2000, Hagerman Library Now Thriving," Associated Press, May 20.

"The new Minneapolis Central Library is gorgeous, state-of-the-art, efficient, and accessible to everyone--when the doors aren't locked. …

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