Magazine article American Libraries

What They Said

Magazine article American Libraries

What They Said

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"I went [to the county courthouse] as a young child with my mother, because the Midland County (Tex.) Public Library was in the basement."

LAURA BUSH, former US First Lady and credentialed school librarian, on her earliest memory of a place that felt special, "Creating a Legacy of History Preservation," Preservation, Fall 2013.

"Whether you want to get lost in gritty detective fiction, explore the galaxy, learn to bake bread, or research your ancestry, our local library provides the tools. Whatever piques your interest, they have something to expand your horizons. Given that almost everything they offer is free or nearly so, greater bargains cannot be found."

Editorial on the value of libraries and library cards to local patrons, "Card Carrying Cornerstones," Pine Bluff (Ark.) Commercial, Sept. 8.

"Libraries love everything equally, and their love is rather longer-lasting than a bookstore's. They taught me that a good book can be shelved anywhere."

Author MAGGIE STIEFVATER on her experiences as a child visiting bookstores and libraries, "A Blog Post from Maggie Stiefvater: I Was a Library Ghost,"

TATALOnline: Teens at the Arlington (Va.) Library, Oct. 23.

"The strongest message librarians can make is to provide excellent service in meeting their communities' needs. As always, we encourage libraries to inform their residents and community leaders about library service and its value to their communities."

WAYNE ONKST, director of the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, on how Kentucky libraries should talk to the public about themselves while taxpayer lawsuits against them are in place in Campbell and Kenton County, "Kentucky Libraries Under Threat--An Interview with Wayne Onkst," EveryLibrary blog, Oct. 23.

"Often, the library is the only place in a small community that people can go to access technology, to fill out job applications, to continue their learning."

TENA HANSON of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries on the importance of rural libraries to smaller communities, "Turning a Page Inside a Rural One-Room Library," NPR: Morning Edition, Oct. 21.

"A lot of libraries focus on preschool, but we decided to look for ways to infuse fun and activities for school-age kids, too. There is no reason why coming to the library has to be just for homework. …

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