Quotes concerning libraries and reading

I’m of a fearsome mind to throw my arms around every living librarian who crosses my path, on behalf of the souls they never knew they saved. — Barbara Kingsolver

I have a real soft spot in my heart for librarians and people who care about books.Ann Richards

Heroes to me are guys that sit in libraries. They absorb knowledge and then the risks they take are calculated on the basis of the courage it took to become replete with knowledge.William Hurt

Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.Laura Bush

Libraries are where it all begins.Rita Dove

One of the greatest gifts my brother and I received from my mother was her love of literature and language. With their boundless energy, libraries open the door to these worlds and so many others. I urge young and old alike to embrace all that libraries have to offer.Caroline Kennedy

People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warn
ed.Saul Bellow and libraries are the twin cornerstones of a civilized society. Libraries are only good if people use them, like books only exist when someone reads them.Nicholas Meyer


The book can produce an addiction as fierce as heroin or nicotine, forcing us to spend much of our lives, like junkies, in book shops and libraries, those literary counterparts to the opium den.Phillip Adams

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.Ray Bradbury

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.Henry Ward Beecher

A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.Norman Cousins

Being a writer in a library is rather like being a eunuch in a harem.John Braine

I always tell people that I became a writer not because I went to school but because my mother took me to the library. I wanted to become a writer so I could see my name in the card catalog.Sandra Cisneros

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.Jorge Luis Borges

I was the kind of kid whose parents would drop him off at the local town library on their way to work, and I’d go and work my way through the children’s area.Neil Gaiman

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.Marcus Tullius Cicero

If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.Frank Zappa

My Alma mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.Malcolm X

Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library.Barbara Tuchman

Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.Lady Bird Johnson

That perfect tranquillity of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library.Aphra Behn

Libraries are the one American institution you shouldn’t rip off.Barbara Kingsolver


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And the Nominees are….

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature 2009

  • Kristin Cashore, Graceling (Harcourt Children’s Books)
  • Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book (HarperCollins)
  • Diana Wynne Jones, House of Many Ways (HarperCollins)
  • Ingrid Law, Savvy (Dial)
  • Terry Pratchett, Nation (HarperCollins)

The winner will be announced during Mythcon XL, July 17-20 in L.A.

Nominees for the adult award….

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • Carol Berg, Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone (Roc)
  • Daryl Gregory, Pandemonium (Del Rey)
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, Lavinia (Harcourt)
  • Patricia A. McKillip, The Bell at Sealey Head (Ace)
  • Gene Wolfe, An Evil Guest (Tor)

Want more info?  Check out the website.