Tomorrow marks the end of National Library Week 2012 and we’ve had a great time these last few days recognizing all our libraries have to offer. We thought a fun way to close out the week would be to share some quotes from prominent figures that celebrate what libraries mean to them. From members of the Supreme Court and astrophysicists to actors and actresses, we all value the resources that the libraries in our communities provide. Where else could we fight dragons, study for the SAT, and file our taxes, all at the same time?
“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.” Sidney Sheldon, Author
“In my work a good library is essential. It enables me to learn the background and previous discussions of the various issues I am called upon to decide. It provides the stability and continuity for the rule of law.” Sandra Day O’Connor, First female member of the Supreme Court of the U.S.
“My guess is (it will be) about 300 years until computers are as good as, say, your local reference library in search.” Craig Silverstein, Director of Technology, Google.com.
“Libraries have always seemed like the richest places in the world to me, and I’ve done some of my best learning and thinking thanks to them. Libraries and librarians have definitely changed my life and the lives of countless other Americans.” Barbara Bush, Former First Lady of the United States
“When I was young, we couldn’t afford much. But, my library card was my key to the world.” John Goodman, Actor
“I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture, and our concern for the future, can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.” Carl Sagan, American astronomer, Astrophysicist, Cosmologist, Author and Science Communicator
“What in the world would we do without our libraries?” Katharine Hepburn, Actor