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“I cannot imagine the type of sinister fiend who would be against the library. A library essentially says, ‘Look, here is some free information that will enrich your life. Read it on your own time. I trust that you will bring it back when you are finished.’ It might be the most civilized, forward-thinking institution in America. Perhaps the only one, in fact.”
— Chuck Klosterman
When I was ten, I wasn’t much of a reader. In fact, I read only comic books. One summer day, my mom dropped me off at the small public library in my town (a suburb of Columbus, Ohio). The librarian greeted me and asked what I would like to read. I didn’t have a clue. I told her about the comic books I liked to read. She disappeared for a few minutes and returned with a book of short stories by Ray Bradbury. I instantly loved these stories. They were so creative and surprising and well written. I needed to read more. The Bradbury stories turned me into a sci-fi fan—and an avid reader. If that librarian hadn’t chosen that book for me, I might have traveled a very different path. I’m very grateful.”
—R. L. Stine
“When we came to America i did not speak English. And we did not own books. My mother took me to the local library in the Bronx.We began at A and worked our way around the room. That airy space. The tall windows. The dappled light. The peace. It was a holy place for me.And it was somewhere between The Secret Garden and Pippi Longstocking that i knew some day i would write books for children.”