Magazine article American Libraries

How the World Sees Us

Magazine article American Libraries

How the World Sees Us

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"Librarians are my favorite people, and libraries are my favorite place to be." Agatha Award-winning mystery novelist KATHERINE HALL PAGE on why she dedicated a book to librarians, "Author 's Note," The Body and the Sleigh.

"That these books are available for children--for a child like me--all these books!--leaves me dazed, dazzled."

" Novelist JOYCE CAROL OATES, remembering a childhood visit to the Lockport Public Library in upstate New York, Smithsonian, Mar. 2010.

"I loved being able to get any book I wanted, see a free concert and take a bath in the sink all in the same place."

"Things I Miss About Chicago" entry for Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Library center, by expatriate DREW ADAMEK, Beachwood Reporter blog, Feb. 22.

"If the branch library people are saying that it is so important to have these branches, then they'll need to fund them. ... And they'll have to show how they're going to do that."

Evanston, Illinois, City Council member COLEEN BURRUS, on ending municipal support for Evanston Public Library's only two branches, Daily Northwestern, Mar. 4.

"I educated myself. I went to the library--the books are free."

Television host GLENN BECK, addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference February 19.

"Glenn, Glenn, Glenn. The library isn't free! It's paid for with tax money! Free public libraries are the result of the progressive movement to communally share books. The first public library was the Boston Public Library in 1854. Its statement of purpose: Every citizen has the right to access community-owned resources. Community-owned? That sounds just like communists. You're a communist!"

Comedian JON STEWART, responding to television host Glenn Beck's February 19 Conservative Political Action Conference keynote in which Beck asserted that he educated himself for free at the library, The Daily Show, Feb. 22.

"Let's talk about libraries and freedom. Libraries today are not our grandma's libraries. They are busy and noisy, crowded and fun. They serve as a city's social and artistic arena. They protect American freedom to read and right to privacy."

NORM SCHILLER, board president, Mississippi Valley Library District, Collinsville, Illinois, editorializing about patron privacy, St. …

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