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"Four times the number of people report reading e-books on a typical day now compared with only two years ago; and the number of people that own e-reader devices or tablets nearly doubled between mid-December 2011 and January 2012."
- American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael, April 4, 2012

"Public Relations seeks to both inform and influence."
-Bob Usherwood, "The Visible Library: Practical Public Relations for Public Librarians

"The internet is an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality,
and accelerating development and human progress."
-Report of the Special Rapportuer on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Human Rights Council, May 2011

"A lifelong ability to learn has given human beings all kinds of evolutionary advantages over other animals. It's our killer app."
-John Seely Brown and Douglas Thomas, The New Culture of Learning

"Statistics point to the disappointing loss of learning that takes place when young people are not in school during the summer. The effects of summer learning loss are especially dramatic for students from high-needs communities. By providing summer reading programs, the State Library and public libraries throughout the State -- in conjunction with our partners in the State Assembly and Senate -- can provide young people and their parents with the tools necessary to ensure year-long learning success and cultivate a love of reading."
-Commissioner of the New York State Education Department John B. King, Jr.

"For us to somehow or other assume that libraries are to be equated simply with books, you've missed the boat. Libraries are as contemporary as anything technology has to offer."
- Senator Stephen Saland at the Senate Subcommittee on Libraries Roundtable discussion March 5, 2012

"[This was] a dynamic series of lessons introducing current technological innovations in a way which allows you to learn at your own pace while receiving regular support and input from the instructor and your colleagues in the profession. It was often challenging, often fun, but worth every bit of effort and time I devoted to it."
-Attendee at the Learn with CDLC version of "10 Things" earlier this year

"I loved the flexibility of this program. I was able to work on it at my convenience and at the level I was most comfortable with…
Definitely one of the most worthwhile training programs I have participated in."
-Attendee at the Learn with CDLC version of "10 Things" earlier this year

"Each person's unique voice is like a thread woven together into a tapestry of stories reflecting the diversity and rich heritage of the Hudson River Valley."
-The Sound & Story Project of the Hudson Valley

"A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
-Margaret Mead, Anthropologist

"Here's a simple but powerful truth that many parents and schools don't act on: The more kids read, the better readers they become."
-James Patterson, Author

"What is more important to a library than anything else - than everything else - is the fact that it exists."
-Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982), American Poet, Writer, and the Librarian of Congress

"A tipping point is upon us, are libraries screwed?"
-Eli Neiburger, Ann Arbor District Library (MI), eBook Summit, 2010

"Devour Books, Not People."
-Jeanne Bogino, "A Librarian Picks the Best Zombie Lit: Ten titles from Austen to Wellington," Library Journal, 6.1.2009

"You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give."
- Winston Churchill

"This is like my sanctuary, it gives me thinking time."
-13-year-old Shabri Cummings, "New York Public Library summer reading list kicks off as budget cuts threaten program," NY Daily News, 6.9.11

"…the heart of every city is defined by two things: the state of its public spaces, and the quality and condition of its public libraries. Indeed, a public library defines not only the city in which it sits, but the state of the society that created it."
-Gautam Patel, "Public Library: The Soul of a City," Mumbai Mirror, 3.11.11

"Libraries are a force for good."
-Libba Bray, author & scheduled speaker at this year's Fall Into Books!

"A library implies an act of faith."
-Victor Hugo, "Juin" from L'Annee Terrible

"Libraries make citizens of us all."
-"All hail the PUBLIC Library," by David Morris,

"History is not just something that happened long ago and far away. History happens to all of us all the time. Local history brings history home, it touches your life, the life of your family, your neighborhood, your community."
-Thomas J. Noel, Denver author and historian

"... You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway.
Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding."
-Facebook posting by Author Neil Gaiman during National Library Week

"Libraries are busier than ever. They are the new social centers in our community."
-"Popularity of libraries just keeps growing," editorial, The Register Star, 4.13.11

"The [Mid-Hudson Library System] helps Greene County libraries provide big city services and
the economies of scale make everyone's tax dollars go much further."
-Heermance Memorial Library Director Linda Deubert in an interview with The Daily Mail, "Libraries boom as economy slumps," 4.7.11

"In today's information rich environment, librarians and library workers are more important than ever. With billions of visits and check-outs each year, libraries have become thriving technology hubs that millions rely on as their first or only choice for Internet access, particularly now during the current economic downturn."
- Jenifer Grady, director of the ALA-APA

"Libraries have never been about the physical warehousing," Library Director Kelly Krieg-Sigman said. "They have always been about access to the content. Whether it's a printed page or a Kindle, our primary mission is providing equitable access to content. We are trained in researching and finding and sharing content, no matter what form or what delivery system that content comes in."
-Growing e-reader demand creates challenges for library, LaCrosse Tribune, 3.27.11

"There are often very moving scenes occurring at this library when I visit - a child getting his or her first library card, a teenager helping an elderly person navigate the Internet, a person who clearly has limited mobility, whose long-awaited book or DVD has arrived, or a very kind and patient librarian helping a patron with a request. This library is clearly a very important community resource that needs to be preserved."
-"Libraries Critical to Communities," Letter to the Editor, Times Union, 3.31.11 (Referring to the Greenville Public Library)

"The one shining beacon in these troubled times is the local library."
- Johanna Hill, "Libraries too vital to cut," Daily Freeman, Letter to the Editor, 3.11.11

"In our current economic climate, libraries enable adults to acquire new skills or determine a new focus in their work life with a collective goal of making new opportunities available to all." -

"Libraries are the quintessential "universities of the streets", a place where people of all ages can go for life-long learning, to further educate themselves and improve their prospects in life." -

"A strong System creates strong Libraries."
-From a participant at the 1.28.11 session of Advocacy Boot Camp for Frontline Staff @MHLS

"Libraries are the key to ensuring that the divide between information rich and poor is kept as narrow as possible."
-Lyn Allison, Australian Senator

"Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now."
-Alan Lakein, Author

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."
-Edith Lovejoy Pierce, Poet

"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable."
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
-John Muir, Naturalist, Author and founder of the Sierra Club

Joan Frye Williams, a library consultant and futurist, believes that the underlying purpose of libraries will not change, even if bookshelves disappear. "Saying that there's a challenge to libraries because books are changing would be like saying there's a challenge to family dinner because plates are changing," she said.
-"Libraries reinvent themselves as they struggle to remain relevant in the digital age," Los Angeles Times - 11.12.10 - By David Sarno

"Marketing goes beyond trying to get people to use your library; it is a concerted effort to articulate your value. It is that plain and simple."
-Introduction, "Bite-Sized Marketing: Realistic Solutions for the Overworked Librarian," by Nancy Dowd, Mary Evangeliste, & Jonathan Silberman

"I remember when I got my first library card. It was a great day! My mother took me to our local library. The kind woman behind the desk looked over her glasses at me, smiled an d said "welcome to a world of discovery." I was smitten - there hasn't been a stretch of time since that I haven't been to a library."
-" LaGrange Library deserves support," Judy Acocella, Letters to the Editor, Poughkeepsie Journal, 10.29.10

"And last but not least, the Mid-Hudson Library System. It provides support to 66 member libraries in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam and Ulster counties, offering small-town folks a lending library extraordinaire."
-"4 Hearty Cheers," Poughkeepsie Journal Editorial, 10.25.10

"Working together, member libraries and the System can have a larger impact. With multiple libraries committing to go green, holistic data on library reductions in oil and electricity usage and a unified message that libraries make good choices and are therefore a good investment, System wide we can have a stronger voice and make a stronger case."
-MHLS Greening Your Library Proposal to the Marketing Advisory Committee, September 2010

"If this plan succeeds, every American community will have affordable access to far better broadband performance than they enjoy today… Schools, libraries and health care facilities must all have the connectivity they need to achieve their purposes"
- Chapter 2, Goal 4 of the National Broadband Plan*,

"… responses showed repeatedly that public libraries are a lifeline for many people - especially during an economic recession."
-Impact Report 2010: Opportunity Online Hardware Grant - Providing Opportunities Through Public Access Computing

"Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success;
leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall."
-Stephen R. Covey

"Voters who see the library as a 'transformational' force as opposed to an 'informational' source
are more likely to increase taxes in its support."
-OCLC Report, "From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America"

"When I got my library card, that's when my life began."
-Rita Mae Brown, Author

"The most important asset of any library goes home at night -- the library staff."
-Father Timothy Healy, former president, New York Public Library

"I think as library trustees we have an opportunity to educate the public," Jill Snyder (library trustee) said. Library Director Debra Kamecke said the board has an obligation "to be aware of environmental issues and set the tone for the community."
-" Geothermal energy bubbles under for new Cairo library," The Daily Mail, 8.24.10

"People need to recognize that libraries are a solution to their economic problems-a door to possibilities."
-Terry Sennett, Director of the Clinton Community Library, "Local Libraries: Clinton & Pine Plains,"
by Evelyn Bartin, About Town, Summer 2010

"…mark my words, once you've got Old Spicy on your side and you can sell a couple of YouTube parodies in a couple of months, you're standing on the edge of your pop-culture moment. Librarians: prepare."
-" Why The Next Big Pop-Culture Wave After Cupcakes Might Be Libraries," by Linda Holmes, 7.20.10,

"Libraries aren't really about books at all. What we often forget is that libraries often have movies, audiobooks, sheet music, and video games. It's never actually been about books as it has been about information. "
- "Why Libraries Are Awesome," by Tony Chen,

"Public and private support is a necessity for a great library. Communicate that public dollars provide quality and private dollars create a margin of excellence"
-The Metropolitan Group, ALA, 2005

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. -Saint Augustine

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
-Mark Twain

"You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'"
-George Bernard Shaw

"You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I ask, 'That never happened? I thought that happened? What do you mean I was dreaming…?'"
-Josh Cohen

"The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history."
-Carl Rowan, as quoted in American Libraries, February 1995

"There is a difference between having access to information and having the savvy it takes to interpret it."
-Clifford Stoll, High Tech Heretic

"When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equalizer."
-Keith Richards, guitarist, The Rolling Stones

"If you haven't been to your local library recently, I'd recommend you give it a try. Many of them are surprisingly great."
-From Leo Babauta, Zen habits blog []

Library cards are about as prevalent as credit cards. Two-thirds of Americans have a library card. For many young people, the first card in their wallet is a library card.
-OCLC's "How libraries stack up: 2010"

Every year, Americans visit the library more often than we go to the movies and six times more often than we attend live sporting events (includes professional and NCAA football, baseball, basketball and hockey).
--OCLC's "How libraries stack up: 2010"

"There is no ambiguity in these numbers. Millions of people see libraries as an essential tool to connect them to information, knowledge, and opportunities. Policy makers must fully recognize and support the role libraries are playing in workforce development, education, health and wellness, and the delivery of government services."
-Marsha Semmel, acting director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services speaking about the new "Opportunity for All" report

"Library technology services have created opportunity for millions of Americans, but public libraries struggle to replace aging computer workstations and increase the speed of their Internet connections. This study ["Opportunity for All"] highlights what is at risk, particularly for low-income individuals who heavily rely on the public library for their technology, if future public and private investment in public libraries doesn't keep pace with demand."
- Allan Golston, president of the United States Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Library Journal's Movers & Shakers Award: Community Builders: "They break barriers to expand the library's reach, with green initiatives, training, and outreach across geographic, cultural, and administrative lines."

Books as the 'Irreplaceable Repository of Our Collective Wisdom': "Digital content is fragile. The secure retention, therefore, of physical books safe from electronic meddlers, predators, and the hazards of electronic storage is essential.... The huge, worldwide market for digital content, however, is not a fantasy. It will be very large, very diverse, and very surprising: its cultural impact cannot be imagined. E-books will be a significant factor in this uncertain future, but actual books printed and bound will continue to be the irreplaceable repository of our collective wisdom."
-Jason Epstein, from his essay "Publishing: The Revolutionary Future" in the New York Review of Books

"I am hard pressed to name another part of the education budget that has been cut as many times in such a short period, or is asked to function at 1998 levels, or even less if you factor in inflation."
-Michael J. Borges, NYLA Executive Director

"Please don't cut our libraries because it's part of our American soul. It's one of the things some other regions of the world and people do not have."
-Da Chen, author, at the NYLA Lobby Day Rally on March 2, 2010

"Libraries are the quintessential "universities of the streets", a place where people of all ages can go for life-long learning, to further educate themselves and improve their prospects in life."

"Throughout our lives, we seek knowledge and information. Throughout our lives, we learn. Throughout our lives, we turn to our libraries to continue learning."

"A good reading experience involved content, which can be understood as the bridge or synapse between the mind of the author and the mind of the reader, and the device, pulpy or plastic, bulky or svelte.
-"The Future of Reading," by Tom Peters, Library Journal, 11.1.09

"The library of tomorrow should be better than the library of today. The ability to loan our books to more than one person at once is a feature, not a bug."
-Journalist and science fiction author Cory Doctorow

"Borrowing the best of bookstore models makes libraries more usable. It's not about Dewey."
-Francine Fialkoff, Editor-in-Chief, Library Journal, Editorial, 11.1.09

"If I have to spend time in purgatory before going to one place or the other, I guess I'll be all right as long as there's a lending library"
-Author Stephen King

"This is a success story about taking a project one step further to create something that will encourage proper marketing going forward. I encourage everyone to check out this site!"
-Kathy Dempsey, author of "The Accidental Library Marketer," on the MHLS Building Your Base Project

"The challenges faced by today's public library administrators require a solid foundation of training and experience. The Palmer School's post-Master's Advanced Certificate program in Public Library Administration is designed to develop and enhance the management skills and credentials of professional librarians working within the public library sector and to train the leaders of tomorrow."
-Long Island University's Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration []

Early reading experiences are now recognized as being of such importance that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that "pediatricians prescribe reading activities along with other instructions given to parents at the time of well-child visits."
- Press Statement, American Academy of Pediatrics, April 16, 1997

"Libraries are the one American institution you shouldn't rip off."
-Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

"As a child, my number one best friend was the librarian in my grade school. I actually believed all those books belonged to her."
-Erma Bombeck, American humorist

"I am so grateful to the library, the library director and her remarkable staff for bringing me into the fold and for providing me with every book I could possibly want."
-Randi Sackheim, Town of Clinton, Letter to the Editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal in response to the 2008 Thanksgiving Challenge

"Always follow the exact specifications of the grantmakers in their grant applications,
Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and guidelines."
- Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

"I love to read. I'm on disability and on a rainy or snowy day I'm not stuck in my house. I can come here, use the computer, talk to people and make new friends. Today is a wonderful day for me."
-Anna Mehl, Poughkeepsie Resident, "Adriance Memorial Library reopens in city," Poughkeepsie Journal, 10.19.09

"When customers are truly thrilled about their experience with your product or service, they can become outspoken "evangelists" for your company. This group of satisfied believers can be converted into a potent marketing force to grow your universe of customers."
-Creating Customer Evangelists: How Loyal Customers Become a Volunteer Sales Force, by Ben McConnell and Jackie Huba, 2002

"The 20th century was about sorting out supply….The 21st is going to be about sorting out demand. The Internet makes everything available, but mere availability is meaningless if the products remain unknown to potential buyers."
-This Psychologist Might Outsmart the Math Brains Competing for the Netflix Prize, By Jordan Ellenberg, WIRED, 2.25.08

"People give us free marketing information every day by telling us what they like and don't like."
-Karen Hyman, "Customer Service and the "Rule of 1965"

"Access to knowledge is the superb, the supreme act of truly great civilizations. Of all the institutions that purport to do this, free libraries stand virtually alone in accomplishing this."
-Toni Morrison, author

"Libraries Bring Value to Our Communities: Sometimes the key to a vibrant, healthy community can lie right under our nose, hidden in plain sight, so to speak… libraries may well be the single most important civic institution in America today. As scholar Vartan Gregorian has noted, "Across America we are coming to realize the library's unsurpassed importance as a civic institution … In our democratic society, the library stands for hope, for learning, for progress, for literacy, for self-improvement and for civic engagement. The library is a symbol of opportunity, citizenship, equality, freedom of speech and freedom of thought, and hence, is a symbol for democracy itself. It is a critical component in the free exchange of information, which is at the heart of our democracy."
-"Libraries at the Heart of our Community," Planning Commissioners Journal, Summer 2009

"Librarians serving teens don't always realize it, but to serve teens successfully they need to take risks every day. These risks might take the form of purchasing a book that might be controversial, starting an innovative program or standing up for a new service that teens in the community want, need and deserve. Being a risk-taker can be scary, but it's necessary."
-Linda Braun, YALSA President, 2009-2010

"An effective meeting is 80 percent planning, 20 percent execution. Too often people spend most of their time in the meeting and the least amount of time getting ready for it. Plan better meetings. They don't just happen."
-Tim A. Lewis, Eddie Bauer

"Everyone should feel that this library is the place they can come for answers."
-Nancy Rosenwald, Director, Union County Carnegie Library, SC, 2009 Best Small Library in America

"Even, and especially, in times of financial distress, ordinary citizens turn to public libraries to learn skills, find out what's going on, and get more deeply plugged into the community. Public libraries serve the public good and deserve to be strongly they can continue serving the needs of our diverse public."
-Tom Conroy, Friend of the Howland Public Library, Beacon, NY

"Different languages protect and nourish the growth of different cultures, where different pathways of human knowledge can be discovered. They certainly make life richer for those who know more than one of them."
-Nicholas Ostler, Empires of the Word

"More than any other public institution, including the schools, the public library contributed to the intellectual growth of children during the summer. Moreover, unlike summer school programs, the library was used by over half the sample and attracted children from diverse backgrounds."
-Stephen Krashen, The Power of Reading

"U.S. public libraries are on the front lines of connecting people with essential government resources in the wake of both natural and economic disaster."
-U.S. Public Libraries and E-Government Services, Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, American Library Association

"Libraries raised me. I don't believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don't have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years."
-Ray Bradbury, author and library advocate, "A Literary Legend Fights for a Library," New York Times, 6.19.09

"In lean times and fat times alike, the public library is the one place where it's always OK to overindulge."
-Krista Ramsey, "What Libraries are Worth to Us," Cincinnati Enquirer, 6.1.09

"There's nothing wrong with the physical book…long battery life, high-resolution pages, easy to read,
you can give it away…it's a superior format."
-Chris Anderson, WIRED editor-in-chief @BookExpo 2009 [as seen in Library Hotline, 6.8.09]

"Now, when I read constantly about the ways in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that the door is closing and that American society has found one more way to destroy itself."
-Isaac Asimov, 1994

"Public libraries across the country have played an integral role in closing the digital divide for millions of Americans, but local governments, communities, and library supporters must do more to ensure libraries can continue to provide fast, reliable Internet service for communities."
- Jill Nishi, deputy director of U.S. Libraries at the Gates Foundation

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."
-Peter F. Drucker

"Donors don't give to institutions. They invest in ideas and people in whom they believe."
- G.T. Smith, Entrepreneur

"Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted."
-Albert Einstein

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."
-Henry Ford

"One of the most appreciated gift a board president can give to his or her board members
is the care that he or she has shown to the respecting of their time."
-Dennis Barnett, President of Propinquity Associates Business and Management Consulting and former public library system Board President.

The library does some absolutely wonderful things for regular people.”
- Billionaire Blackstone Group Chairman and New York Public Library Trustee Stephen A. Schwarzman, in remarks at a June 18 fundraising dinner that earned $2.2 million for the library, Wall Street Journal, 6.19.07

“Everywhere where humans are I think there should be a library.”
–Billionaire Charles Simonyi on why he’s taking books with him when he becomes the world’s fifth space tourist, American Libraries, 2.19.07

"The bottom line is people can't use what they don't know about. It's not just search. It's everything. Libraries need to do a better job of promoting themselves."
-Gary Price, director of online resources, CNET.Com - 7.23.07

"This class has been invaluable to me. Every week I come away with ideas for improving my library or resolving current problems. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable! I've often wondered why they didn't include a class like this in the MLS curriculum, but feel it is much more useful when you have some experience dealing with specific library management issues. Thank you to MHLS for organizing this wonderful opportunity!"
-Comment from a participant in the Public Library Administrator's Certificate Program at the Mahopac Library, where the participants will be entering the 4th of the 5 courses this fall.

“By the community, For the community”
-Op-Ed Headline in the 7.12.07 issue of the Chatham Courier, referring to the new Chatham Public Library’s long-range plan.

“Young boys like things that drive adults crazy."
-Michael Sullivan, author, Connecting Boys With Books: What Libraries Can Do

“When politics gets mean and dumb, you can cheer yourself up by walking into a public library, one of the nobler expressions of democracy.”
-Garrison Keillor, The library fix,

“…never think about confronting the patron. It's all about communication.”
-Warren Graham, author, Black Belt Librarians

"What do most people care about? Public safety, employment, housing, and education — and the library speaks to all of those needs.
Crime? Libraries are a sanctuary for at-risk kids, on the loose after school lets out.
Employment? Libraries offer help wanted ads and books and programming on job-hunting, résumé writing, computer literacy, and ESL.
Housing? Libraries provide books and workshops on home remodeling, the home buying process, and financial planning.
Education? Librarians teach children to love reading, provide homework help, and offer guidance on college planning, SATs, and financial aid."
- Jose Aponte, “Outgrowing the Library,” Library Journal, 2003

-As seen in the East Fishkill Community Library’s 2005 Report to the Community

Mission: The Kingston Library provides residents with a supportive environment offering comprehensive and timely information for personal needs, growth, and enjoyment delivered in an efficient and effective manner.
-As seen in The Kingston Library’s 2006 Report to the Community

“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.”
-Lee Eaton’s Beekman Bookends column signoff, Spring 2007

“I didn't just love the library. I needed it.”
-Beverly Beckham, “Volume of reasons to keep libraries,” Boston Globe, 6.3.07

“Friends groups bring magic to their lucky communities.”
-Rachel Baum, President, New Library Association, 2007

“Libraries need to understand the value of strategic planning before they do a vote. Preparation is required.”
-Judi Smith, Board President, East Fishkill Community Library

"I violently oppose cutting funding to programs that make this county worth living in."
–Putnam County Legislator Regina Morini, “Putnam lawmakers seek line-by-line look at budget,” The Journal News, 6.1.07

“Today’s public libraries are vital community technology hubs that millions of Americans rely on for their first and often only choice for Internet access.”
-Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study Project Overview,

"Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly."
- Roger Ebert

"Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint."
- Mark Twain

“…libraries provide valuable and needed services to the community. They are the best bargain in town!”
-Patti Haar, Patterson Library director / President of the Putnam County Libraries Association: Putnam County News and Recorder, 5.2.07, Letters to the Editor, “Your Local Library - It's the Best Bargain in Town”

“We know there are legitimate concerns about the internet. We know, however, that the best way to protect children is to teach them to guard their privacy and make wise choices. Education will promote safe use of the internet, not laws blocking access.”
- Illinois Library Association Executive Director, Robert P. Doyle

"So I am a man without a country, except for the librarians ... "
-Kurt Vonnegut (1922 – 2007), A Man Without a Country

Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright and Author David Mamet was the recipient of the Chicago Public Library Foundation's 2006 Carl Sandburg Literary Award at its 20th Anniversary Gala on October 12 at the Harold Washington Library Center. In his remarks accepting the Award, Mamet said "My alma mater is the Chicago Public Library... It never occurred to me that books I had written could take their place alongside those of my heroes, but it seems that that has come to pass, and I must thank the institution which then, for me, and now, for others, makes such accomplishment possible."

"Everything about security that you didn't learn in library school presented in everyday language based on real experience in a public library."
- Susan Henricks, Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Dubuque, IA commenting on the Black Belt Librarian Training Program

"In addition to our homes and schools, libraries provide a strong foundation for learning in our communities, as our community libraries respond to the needs of time, there is a growing need to upgrade and renovate these facilities.”
-Senator Stephen Saland, Chair, Senate Committee on Education

“Public libraries are a foundation of democracy, helping create informed citizens.”
-Karen Christensen, author, Heart of the Community: The Libraries We Love

“Great job, librarians.”
- Letter to the Editor, “Here’s to Our Libraries,” New Paltz Times, 4.11.07

“Today’s library is not what you remember. It’s even better.”
-A message from George Lopez, The Campaign for America’s Libraries,

"Libraries need to understand the value of strategic planning before they do a vote. Preparation is required."
- Judi Smith, Board President, East Fishkill Community Library, (Hopewell Junction) NY [Source: MHLS Public Library Vote Toolbox]

"There is not necessarily such a thing as a bad year to do a vote.
There are always advantages and disadvantages whenever you decide to do it."
- Steven Cook, Director, Starr Library, (Rhinebeck) NY [Source: MHLS Public Library Vote Toolbox]

"Whoa, whoa, whoa, this is cool in here!"
-Isaiah Morales, 5, “Children help stock new [Town of Esopus] library,” by Kathryn Heidecker, Daily Freeman, 3.28.07

“The library did not just change my life. It directed it, enhanced it and quite possibly saved it.”
-Lynne Cavanaugh, “The Library Changed My Life,” Women’s Day, March 2007

“It isn't the sexiest line on a library budget. But there is something profoundly democratic, surprisingly compassionate, and deeply civic in sharing our national resources in this manner.”
-Susanna Ashton, commenting on interlibrary loan in America: What Goes Around, The Chronicle of Higher Education,

“I attended the Spanish Outreach Workshop in Poughkeepsie, NY on March 1 with one of my colleagues, and was so impressed. The program was riveting. We are very excited and anxious to try some of our ideas.”
-Posting to the Spanish Language Outreach Program Discussion Board on, 3.10.07

“The challenge now is for public libraries—particularly in low-income communities—to stay connected. Libraries need support to maintain quality technology services so they can effectively serve the millions who count on them for their only access to computers and the Internet.”
-The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S. Libraries Initiative

"Thank you very much for providing this service to people in my situation. Remember, the best crime fighters are those people who make provisions to help people to have options other than crime. For that I tip my hat to you and your staff. Thank you."
– Recent inmate request for the MHLS publication, “Hudson Valley Connections 2007”

"We just can’t emphasize how important early literacy is. Kids who read are just better students."
-NorthEast-Millerton Library Board President Dianne Price, “Story Hour: A True Tale Of Children and Books,” by Whitney Joseph, Millerton News, 3.1.07

"Like many of you, I have wonderful memories of coming to this library when I was a child. When I walked in here, it gave me that same sense of excitement that I get whenever I go into a museum or to see a new exhibit -- that I'm about to discover or learn something new."
-Will Cotton, artist, “Artist Will Cotton endows childhood library with art,” New Paltz Times, by Erin Quinn, 2.22.07

"I come every day," said George Cooke, 17, a senior at Lehman High School who enjoys reading the library's video game magazines. "I come to talk to people, and the girls, too," he added, "because they have good looking girls in the library."
– “Teenagers are bookin' it to high-tech library center,” Ethan Rouen, New York Daily News, 2.15.07

Learning is a life-long journey. The Rutland Free Library is committed to providing a diversity of resources and services to assist people of all ages on that journey.
-Rutland Free Library, VT []

“A library is a feast to which we are all invited.”
-Katherine Paterson, author

“When I look back on my childhood, I remember two absolutely revolutionary days:
the day I got my driver's license, and the day I got my library card.”
- Helen Desfosses, WAMC, “The Importance of Public Libraries,” 1.26.07 []

"When the going gets tough, the tough get a librarian."
-Jenna, in Best Foot Forward by Joan Bauer

"These funding levels provide a positive beginning to our advocacy efforts on behalf of all libraries, and we look forward to working with the state Legislature in building upon these investments."
-Michael Borges, New York Library Association (NYLA) Executive Director, commenting on Governor Spitzer’s proposed 2007-2008 Executive Budget

"It is virtually impossible to succeed today without access to computers and the Internet. For the millions of people who don't have those tools at home, the public library helps level the playing field."
-Allan Golston, president of the Gates Foundation's United States Program

“Unfortunately, many of our libraries are continually being asked to do more with the same or less money and staffing. Libraries are a vital “third place” for people of all ages and backgrounds. We must work together to find and fund solutions that balance the range of community needs while keeping our libraries open to all.”
- Leslie Burger, President, American Library Association, “Keeping Libraries Open,” Letter to the Editor, The New York Times, 1.5.0

“Every time someone looks in a library and doesn't see something or someone that indicates that this library is for him, we've missed another opportunity."
-George Needam, founder, WebJunction

“Trusteeship by definition is the agency of a person (or persons) designated to act as governor or protector over property belonging to another.”
-Virginia Young, “The Library Trustee,” 5 th Edition, 1995

"Libraries are a vital "third place" for people of all ages and backgrounds. We must work together to find and fund solutions that balance the range of community needs while keeping our libraries open to all."
-Leslie Burger, President, American Library Association, New York Times, Letter to the Editor, 1.5.07

"Mayor Rob Liffland, on behalf of the Village of Pawling, has declared the month of February as library lovers' month. His proclamation stated that "the Pawling Free Library enables individuals to make informed decisions about their self-governance by promoting unrestricted access to information and by serving as a community center for lifelong learning."
-"Library lovers month," Editorial, The Pawling News Chronicle, 2.16.06

"Increasingly, libraries are the third place for people, there's home and work and the third place. For some people, its church; for some, it's the coffee house; for some people - especially teens - it's the library."
-Jeff Cannel, director, Albany Public Library, "$29 million library project to focus on branches," The Gazette (Schenectady), 1.3.07

"How should I know?" snapped Mary Poppins. "I'm not a Public Library!"
-From "Mary Poppins Opens the Door," by P.L. Travers

"My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything.
The perfect day: riding a bike to the library."
-Peter Golkin, museum spokesman (1966- )

"Many children…have been saved from lives of ignorance simply because
they were at first encouraged to enter their local library to check out a movie."
-J. Tyler Ballance, former board member, Bell-Whittington Public Library, Portland, TX

"It is even possible to imagine that many books and stories may not see the light of print at all; they will go into the hands of their readers or hearers rather, as phonograms."
-Philip G. Hubert Jr., Atlantic Monthly, February 1889 (reprinted September 2006) As seen in Library Journal

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
-Dr. Seuss

"The library is about building community."
-Town of New Paltz Councilwoman Kathleen Healey, "New Paltz spending to rise 6.55%," Poughkeepsie Journal, 11.21.06

The following quote was used by the presenters during the 2007 MHLS Executive Committee / Director's Forum: Legal Issues for Boards:
"When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I'll like it or not. Disagreement, at this stage, stimulates me. But once a decision has been made, the debate ends. From that point on, loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own."
-Colin Powell

"As the Library nears the centennial of Julia Hasbrouck Dwight's 1909 gift of the 1798 house to the community for a library, it is time to focus again on the houses and prepare them for the next 100 years."
-Jim Hoover, president of the Stone Ridge Library's board of trustees.

"22% of current library patrons are 55+. The number of people over 65 will double in the next 25 years."
-The Americans for Libraries Council, Lifelong Libraries Access Initiative []

"This shows the people understand how the demands on the library have been growing."
-Mark Williams, Board President, Stanford Free Library, "Voters approve funds for Stanford Free Library," The Register Herald / Harlem Valley Times, 11.10.06, By Sarah Palermo

"Finally, local residents smartly supported their libraries. The largest investment came in Poughkeepsie, where both city and town residents authorized $14.5 million in spending to expand and renovate the historic Adriance Memorial Library.

In an election highlighted by much partisan bickering and hard feelings, at least some of the area's fine institutions came out ahead."
-Poughkeepsie Journal Editorial, 11.9.06

"You can never have enough information."
-George Maresco

"Public Internet access in libraries is now nearly 100 percent, compared to just 21 percent 10 years ago. Wireless access in libraries has doubled in just the last two years. Yet roughly 80 percent of libraries reported flat funding in the past three fiscal years, representing a loss in buying power when coupled with inflation. Seventy percent of libraries reported in 2006 that they cannot afford to upgrade or replace aging workstations."
-Source, "ALA receives $2.6 million Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant for library funding, connectivity studies," 10.24.06

"The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. 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, Cosmos

"The whole series has been wonderful!"
-Workshop evaluation comment, Get Out the Vote, Campaign Institute. 10.19.06

"Libraries are essential to the functioning of a democratic society and the great symbols of the freedom of the mind."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Some people have asked why Saland's $20,000 grant could not be used to defray Howland's operating costs. The answer: The grant came from state funds set aside for construction and technology, not for day-to-day operations. Library grants seldom cover operations. Every community is responsible for the fiscal health of its library."
-Marcia Frahman, President, Howland Public Library Board of Trustees, letter to the editor, Poughkeepsie Journal, 10.14.06

"I wrote my county executive, when I read about his claim that libraries should justify their existence and funding, and suggested that he provide the taxpayers with the same kind of analysis of his services…"
-Camilla von Bergen, MHLS Board President, 2006 MHLS Annual Meeting

"Over the last year, the staff of MHLS and I have worked with you and visited your libraries. We have witnessed the continual improvement of service and the dedication of staff and volunteers in providing the best possible library service to our communities. We believe that public libraries are one of the cornerstones of democracy and one of the building blocks of a strong community."
-Joshua Cohen, MHLS Executive Director, 2006 MHLS Annual Meeting

"If I had to pick a favorite, I couldn't. They're all really interesting."
-Rosemary Compton, 12, Battle of the Books 2006

"This is not just good for the environment, but it is also an efficient use of tax dollars."
-Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS, Green Buildings Workshop, 9.26.06

"Everybody has different values. What's of interest to me might not be of interest to the man next to me," said Patricia Thorsen, assistant director of the White Plains Public Library. "But there's no reason to take away somebody else's right to read that book."
-"Libraries celebrate freedom against book-banning efforts," The Journal News, 9.23.06

"The children think it's the best place on Earth," Nolan said. "We use the library interconnections to get almost any book or musical piece we fancy."
- Jennifer Nolan, mother, "Library win a big plus for East Fishkill," Poughkeepsie Journal, 9.23.06

"The library is a public resource for all ages - reducing funding is like taking away the sun!"
-Response given to the Putnam Co. Library Association survey regarding county funding for libraries. As seen in "Patterson Library News," Fall 2006

"Under the headline "Gloomy tale of N.Y.'s libraries," the New York Daily News on August 6 offered an old-fashioned summertime crusade, calling the limited hours in New York City's three library systems "the shame of the city." The systems average 38 hours per week, far fewer than in rival big cities. While a spokesman for Mayor Mike Bloomberg wouldn't guarantee any increase, the newspaper offered a rousing editorial, urging Bloomberg and city council speaker Christine Quinn to make libraries a higher priority. The next day, Quinn told the newspaper that government should see libraries not as expendable but "more as places that should be thought of as untouchable."
-Library Journal, 9.1.06

"So where do you go to find a researcher who is intelligent, imaginative, skilled in the use of computers, devoted to discovering the truth, and knowledgeable about science, technology, history, and literature, and who usually works for dirt and gets credit for nothing? After lunch I drove to the city library..."
- James Lee Burke, "Last Car to Elysian Fields"

"Libraries are more important today than ever, especially because they can provide online services to those who can't afford it."
-Speak Up Question of the Day, Poughkeepsie Journal, 9.1.06

"It's the latest, it's the greatest. What it is, is the library, a free oasis of knowledge open to all…" "Let's do more for the libraries,"
-Editorial, Daily News, 8.6.06

"[The computers] are functioning, but they're outdated and I'm holding some of the wires together with duct tape, I'd like to get rid of the duct tape."
-Grinnell Library Director Matt Pfisterer, "Dutchess libraries will receive state grants," Poughkeepsie Journal, 8.23.06

"What can I say? Librarians rule."
-Regis Philbin, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, February 17, 2000

"Libraries are fun, educational and the biggest bargain on the face of the earth."
-Madeleine Albright, ALA Keynote Speech, New Orleans, June 2006

"Since the times of Benjamin Franklin the library has served as a symbol and a center of community... they are laboratories of freedom. The lending of books and the transmission of ideas are in the heart of the concept dear to all our hearts, which is human liberty."
-Madeleine Albright, ALA Keynote Speech, New Orleans, June 2006

"The security of the nation depends on knowledge and community. The library gives us both."
- Lewis Lapham, Editor, Harper's Magazine

"A good heavy book holds you down. It's an anchor that keeps you from getting up and having another gin and tonic." -Roy Blount, Jr., U.S. Humorist

"A library is truly a magical place." -David Blaine, Illusionist and NYS Summer Reading Program Spokesperson, "Illusionist inspires kids to see magic in reading," Poughkeepsie Journal, 7.15.06

"My Dad makes me smile when he takes me to the library." -Chung-Wing Ko, grade 1, Gayhead Elementary, "Smile, Dad!," Poughkeepsie Journal, 6.18.06

"Yes, indeed the library is community in the true sense of the word. It is all of us and it is for all of us. It is this special place in Patterson made up of the people who gather here. It is also a place that provides services to people in return. How cool is that?" - "The Library As Community: The Internet," Patterson Library News, Vol. 5, Issue 2, Summer 2006

"The single most important thing to remember about any enterprise is that there are no results inside its walls. The result of a business is a satisfied customer."- Peter Drucker, Author, professor and management consultant

"If we want to transform boys into lifelong readers, we need to discover what makes them tick." -Michael Sullivan, "Why Johnny Won't Read," School Library Journal, 8.1.04,

"A "public good" is 'a good or service that can be consumed by everyone and from which no one can be excluded.' A public library is a public good." -Phyllis Keaton, Howland Public Library Director, Letter to the Editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, 6.3.06

" Libraries are about preserving democracy. Nothing less." -Janet Axelrod, Trustee, Cambridge (MA) Public Library

"One of my favorite measuring tools for a program is how many kids say, "That was cool! When can we do it again?" - RoseMary Honnold, Young Adult Services Coordinator, Coshocton Public Library, Coshocton, OH

"… Libraries are for the people. If the people don't stand up for libraries, who will?" - Doug Roesemann, President, Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA) at the 2005 FRIENDS MATTER event

"The Internet is largely meritocratic in its design... If [people] like the search engine A9 better than Google, they vote with their clicks. Is it a problem, then, if the gatekeepers of the Internet (in most places, a duopoly of the local phone and cable companies) discriminate between favored and disfavored uses of the Internet? To take a strong example, would it be a problem if AT&T makes it slower and harder to reach Gmail and quicker and easier to reach Yahoo! mail?" -Tim Wu, "Why You Should Care About Network Neutrality - The future of the Internet depends on it!," Slate Magazine, 5.1.06 []

"Those who cannot afford the premium rates - nonprofits, the public sector, libraries, schools, and colleges - would be relegated to the equivalent of third-class mail," American Library Association Washington Office Executive Director Emily Sheketoff told American Libraries. "This legislation has an impact not only on libraries and their ability to deliver first-class service to patrons, but to the general public as well." -"Net Neutrality Fight Heats Up in Congress," American Libraries, 5.5.06

"Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of thought, the whole ball of wax -
it's the DNA of the United States, the stuff America is made of." - Tony Long, "Your Right to be an Idiot," WIRED, 2005,,69903-0.html

"Getting my library card was like citizenship; it was like American citizenship." -Oprah Winfrey

"A library's image is composed of everything in and about the library that a client encounters. This includes all the paper and products your library generates: fax cover sheets, routing slips, and overdue notices, as well as research findings, current awareness lists, and database reports. Everything from the library newsletter to the notepaper you use to communicate to clients - all of it projects an image [that] represents your library, and its services and staff to the client." - Christine Olson, Test your Library's marketing IQ, Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 12(3), 1993.

"The three most important documents a free society gives are a birth certificate, a passport, and a library card."- E. L. Doctorow, Author

"I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library. For an impoverished child whose family could not afford to buy books, the library was the open door to wonder and achievement, and I can never be sufficiently grateful that I had the wit to charge through that door and make the most of it. Now, when I read constantly about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that the door is closing and that American society has found one more way to destroy itself."
- Isaac ASIMOV, I, Asimov. New York: Doubleday, 1994.

"You cannot defend a brand by promoting your features…FedEx is in the peace of mind business, not shipping. What is at the very heart of why people turn to libraries?"
-Patricia Martin, LitLamp Communications Group, at the OCLC symposium "Extreme Makeover: Rebranding an Industry," January 20, 2006 [as seen in Library Journal, March 1, 2006

"It was their efforts that kept this as an incredibly important issue that when the opportunity presented itself, enabled us to deal with it," Senator Steve Saland, R-Poughkeepsie, said of library proponents. "I give them a lot of a credit for having the persistence and the fortitude. They certainly had the right cause." - "State bolsters cash for local libraries," Poughkeepsie Journal, 4.8.06, by Anthony Farmer [FRONT PAGE]

"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 libraries." - Carl Sagan, astronomer, 1934-1996

Change Your World @your library. 2006 theme for National Library Week (April 2-8, 2006)

"You think you're pretty smart, right? So why buy when you can borrow?" -George Lopez, actor/comedian, 2006 National Library Week PSA

"A world of inspiration awaits you and all of your friends." []

"The library is the linchpin of the community, if you diminish [the library], you are diminishing the soul of the community." -Gloria Lipton, Kingston resident, "Ulster's drastic library funds cut has dour impact," Poughkeepsie Journal, 3.17.06, Michael Woyton

"All we offer is free of charge, but not free of cost." -Pequot Public Library, Southport, CT

"There's too much stuff on the internet. I did this one search and it came back with 2 million pages.
It takes too long to find what you're looking for." -12-year-old Berkeley, California, middle-schooler Alex Lam-Niemeyer, explaining why he typically researches his reports by searching library stacks rather than Googling, Associated Press, September 9, 2005

"The future exists today. It's just unevenly distributed." - William Gibson, author

"My son sometimes thinks I'm a librarian too, which is great; that's my favorite fake job." -Actress Jodie Foster on volunteering at her son's school library, Entertainment Tonight Online, September 20, 2005.

"The evidence suggests that a lot of people vote in favor of library funding even if they don't use a library themselves. They understand that a public library is open to everyone, cradle to grave, whenever they choose to go there. What other institution offers that kind of public access?" -Editorial, The Independent, 11.4.05

"A curious assignment for a pageboy at Parkman was the nightly hiding of the cash box. How much could have been in it from a day of overdue book fines at a neighborhood branch library? Three dollars? Nine? If I were going to burglarize this place, I'd come with a reading list." -"The surprising things I learned at the library," by Norman Prady, Christian Science Monitor, 1.27.06

"As several residents put it, the construction of a new library facility in the Town of Poughkeepsie is a 'once in a lifetime opportunity,'" Lawrence said. "As a community, a consensus must be reached on the best possible location." -Tom Lawrence, Director, Poughkeepsie Public Library District, "District officials pull the plug on proposed Route 9 library," Poughkeepsie Journal, by Michael Valkys, 2.3.06

"The librarian of today, and it will be true still more of the librarians tomorrow, are not fiery dragons interposed between the people an the books. They are useful public servants, who manage libraries in the interest of the public…Many still think that a great reader, or a writer of books, will make an excellent librarian. This is pure fallacy." -Sir William Osler, 1917

"I feel very fortunate to have this job because I get to think of what would be fun." -Eileen Pucci, Beekman Library Director of Programs, "Beekman Library settling into new home," The Voice Ledger, 1.26.06 by Mitchell Trinka

"They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." - Andy Warhol, artist

"Nothing endures but change." - Heraclitis, Greek Philosopher

"Excuse me, but weren't libraries supposed to disappear?" -Howard Goodman, "It's a brave new world at the Delray library," South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 1.10.2006,,0,3940501.column

"There are certain words in life that should avoid the adjective overdue: milk, baby and library books. While chunky two percent is hard to swallow, it's plenty palatable compared to the bitter realization that "Fun and Fancy Free" is three days overdue. After all, besmirching your upright library patron status is neither fun or fancy free."-Garret Leiva, "Overdue book reopens past chapters," Traverse City Record Eagle (MI), 1.11.06

"Learning can't stop at graduation. We rely on libraries to help us keep up-to-date on knowledge that helps us in our jobs and in our lives. Libraries serve as our window to the world." -Kathleen Sebelius, Governor of Kansas, "Kansas Governor Says Libraries Key to Lifelong Learning," Kansas City Info Zine, 12.30.05,

"Ideally, free library access to all information, hard copy or electronic, should be funded by taxes. We shouldn't have to depend on some charitable deus ex machina. Andrew Carnegie understood this. His stipulation for each library he built was that the government provide the operating costs. Every-one who wants to insure the future of traditionally free public libraries needs to tell that to their local, state and federal legislators." -Reference librarian, Vivian Conan, "Net Costs," New York Times, September 11, 2005

"You won't believe this, but at one time I actually paid money for books and movie rentals. I know. I can't believe it either. But now I know better. Brothers and sisters, I've seen the light, and it's called the library."
-Mason Adams, "We (Heart) Libraries. Make the Most of Them," Roanoke Times (VA), 8.24.05.

"We live in an age of information, and libraries play a critical role in providing us with access to that information. They are vital to our economy and our communities. They promote literacy and lifelong learning*."
-Richard P. Mills, Commissioner, New York State Education Department during his 12.6.05 testimony to the State Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology

"Cities can be as status conscious as the rest of us. If your town doesn't have a slick city hall or a multiplex cinema, you're not keeping up.
But do you know what the hot new item is? The plasma TV of civic improvements? A library."
-C. W. Nevius, "The Internet Didn't Kill the Library Card," San Francisco Chronicle (CA), 10.4.05.

"I would not jump out of an airplane without a parachute. I would not walk across a tightrope without a safety net and, I would not want to manage a Library without the vital support services provided by the Mid Hudson Library System." -Matt Pfisterer, director, Grinnell Library, Wappingers Falls

"It's all about building and maintaining relationships, and trying to influence people."
-Kathy Degyansky, Assistant Director, Programs and Services, Queens Public Library, "Low-Cost, High Return Library Advocacy," Southern Adirondack Library System(SALS) eChronicle, November/December 2005

"I feel more confidence and courage in myself."
-Participant in MHLS HIP Teen Intern Program, "The Health Information Project," VOYA, December 2005

"…the result of knowledge [gleaned from libraries] is to make men not violent revolutionists, but cautious evolutionists; not destroyers, but careful improvers." - Andrew Carnegie

"The Library is a core," said Jane Williams Tuesday Nov. 15 at Millbrook Free Library's After School Craft Club. Williams has been coming to these activities for the last six years with her children; Christian 7, Erin 6, and Stephanie 4. "I think it gives them a learning opportunity outside the classroom and they get to meet new people they might not get to meet in school." - "Crafty Kids in Millbrook," Millbrook Roundtable. 11.23.05. Mitchell Trinka

"My biggest complaint is that some libraries' web sites don't detail the amazing range of services they offer online until you cough up a card number. Memo to those insular institutions: Put the info in the shop windows out front and I bet you'll see a lot more card-carrying customers walking through the electronic doors." -Stephen Manes, "Google Isn't Everything," Forbes, 8.15.05

"Welcome to a world no longer obsessed with the Dewey Decimal System and dusty books. Local libraries have embraced the digital age, and found that staying on the cutting edge just sharpens their mission -
encouraging more people to be excited about books."
-Jennifer Gish, "Readers check out audiobooks online as libraries check into computer age," Albany Times Union, October 2005

"Each local library asking for funding is governed by a board of people who live in the community and who will have to pay the tax too. No mandates here from Albany or Washington. Just neighbors saying this is what the community needs.
It doesn't get any more democratic than that in a free society."
-Editorial, The Independent, 11.4.05

"Even the most enthusiastic library supporter will acknowledge that these proposals call for a tax, which seems like a mighty unpopular idea these days. But library propositions like these tend to win taxpayer support for a very simple reason: Voters will pay for something that adds value to their lives and to their community. Libraries do that."
-Editorial, The Independent, 11.4.05

"We will indeed make our own future. The reference librarian of the future will not be symbolized as the woman sitting behind the desk, but as someone who is readily accessible to everyone in the community and who provides individual information services using whatever technologies become available. By concentrating on the needs of our users, providing personal service, and providing leadership in the information society, the reference librarian will continue to perform an essential function for the community."
-On the Desirableness of Personal Relations Between Librarians and Readers: The Past and Future of Reference Service, by David Tyckoson

"A library is the ultimate university. Its teachers are books. It must offer as many courses as possible, or the community it serves diminishes. And there are plenty who would have it that way. They thrive in the diminished world."
-Michael Fitzgerald, "Libraries, like books, need a spine," 10.7.05, The Record (CA)

"The America I loved still exists in the front desks of public libraries."
-Kurt Vonnegut, "A Man Without a Country"

"Public libraries are some of our communities' greatest assets,
offering literacy resources to everyone in a safe, educational atmosphere."
-James V. O'Rourke, president and CEO, Verizon Pennsylvania

"A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.
Lucky Numbers 32, 30, 17, 8, 3, 13 "
-fortune cookie proverb

"In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends,
but they are imprisoned by an enchanter in these paper and leathern box."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed."
- Abraham Lincoln

"The seeds of political success are sown far in advance of any election day…It is the sum total of the little things that happen which leads to eventual victory at the polls."
-J. Howard McGrath, Former Chairman, Democratic National Committee

"In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us how to swim."
- Linton Weeks, Washington Post, Jan. 13, 2001

"At 2:21:34 p.m. EDT on August 11th, 2005, Anne Slane, a cataloger for Worthington (Ohio) Libraries, entered holdings information for the book The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story of the 60s Pop Sensation, becoming the one billionth holding record in the WorldCat database." -

"I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles."
-Kurt Vonnegut, I Love You, Madame Librarian, 8.6.04 |

We must not think of learning as only what happens in schools. It is an extended part of life. The most readily available resource for all of life is our public library system.
- David McCullough

"A library is not simply a repository of books, it is the symbol and center of our culture…a door and a window for those who might not otherwise have such doors and windows"
- Amy Tan, author

"…For this price, the services this library provides, from the ease of obtaining a book or research material to the programs, such as the Library
Forum, the kids, Summer Reading Programs, to the on-line catalog and the computers for public use, to the annual town-wide celebration of the Library Fair, we are getting a bargain. Visit the Woodstock Library and on Thursday, September 1, vote yes."
-Editorial, Woodstock Times, 8.25.05

"I enjoy the library ... I think they're doing the community a wonderful service," said Judy Chandler,
praising the Hyde Park Free Library's staff and programs."
-"Voters support more cash for libraries; Hyde Park gets OK as does Staatsburg," Poughkeepsie Journal, 9.9.05

"The libraries have become my candy store."
- Juliana Kimball

"I hope I come here next year!"
-child departing from the Clinton Community Library's Summer Library Camp, July 22, 2005 [The Clinton Library Circle, August 2005]

"A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." -James Madison

"The concept is simple: read books, discuss." -From "Girls' Night Out Gets Smart" about the growing nationwide trend of mother-daughter book clubs in libraries and homes, Newsweek, 3.21.05

"You know you can take home books from the library too, if you bring them back of course." -Grover, Sesame Street, 1969

"Literacy is the most basic currency of the information economy that we live in today." - U.S. Senator Barack Obama, ALA Conference, June 2005

"There are few sights sadder than a ruined book." -Lemony Snicket, author

"Yes, yes. Now Mr Phipps, of course you do realize that the post of librarian carries with it certain very important responsibilities. I mean, there's the selection of books, the record library, and the art gallery. Now it seems to me that your greatest disadvantage is your lack of professional experience, coupled with the fact that, uh, being a gorilla, you would tend to frighten people." - From Monty Python's "Gorilla Librarian" Sketch

"Is it legal to bury a body in your backyard? I need to know today." -question posed to the Poughkeepsie Public Library District's Head of Borrower Services, Nancy Foster, The Rotunda, Summer 2005

"The library represents a window to a larger world, a place where we've always come to discover big ideas and profound concepts that help move the American story forward and the human story forward. And that's the reason why since ancient antiquity, whenever those who seek power would want to control the human spirit, they have gone after libraries and books." - U.S. Senator Barack Obama, "Obama fears 'Big Brother' over our shoulders," Chicago Sun-Times, 6.26.05, by Rummana Hussain

"…people aren't going out to get information anymore. Instead, it's coming to them." -The Shifted Librarian

"Be central to the communities that you serve." -Leslie Burger, ALA President-elect, ALA Conference, June 2005

"I did it! And it's all thanks to the books at my local library." -Futurama, "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid" episode, 2001 [TV series]

"Either it's murder, or this library has a very strict overdue policy."-Crosetti, "Homicide: Life on the Street," 1993 [TV series]

"They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."-Andy Warhol, artist

"The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history." -Carl Rowan, author

"Jeffrey Grier used the Business and Company Resource Center [database] to research a product he wanted to market. "If I wanted to find this information elsewhere, it would cost me between $1,000-$2,000 to purchase the same research, which is why I came here," Grier said." -"State librarians do anything but keep quiet," News 8 Austin (TX), 4.7.05

"[I]t's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers." ~Judy Blume, author

"We uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and resist all efforts to censor library resources." ~ALA Code of Ethics

"In its traditional sense, a library is a collection of books and periodicals. It can refer to an individual's private collection, but more often, it is a large collection that is funded and maintained by a city or institution, and is shared by many people who could not afford to purchase so many books by themselves. However, with the collection or invention of media other than books for storing information, many libraries are now also repositories and/or access points for maps, prints or other artwork, microfilm, microfiche, audio tapes, CDs, LPs, video tapes and DVDs, and provide public facilities to access CD-ROM databases and the Internet." ~Wikipedia entry for "Library"

"Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it." ~ P. J. O'Rourke, columnist and author

"We ought to be increasing library hours and services. This is no time to be locking up the books.
What in the name of Ben Franklin is going on here?" ~Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Ecenbarger from "Libraries Are an Essential Service, Too," Christian Science Monitor, 3.11.05

"Do you have a chart of all the different snowflake shapes? And, do you have a tape of dinosaur sounds?" ~"Strangest or most unusual reference question" reported to the NYLA Bulletin by B. Allison Gray of the John Jermain Memorial Library, Spring 2005.

"For the record, it is a novel." ~Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code

"What is more important in a library than anything else - than everything else - is the fact that it exists." ~Archibald MacLeish, poet, writer, Librarian of Congress (1892-1982)

"A circulating library in a town is as an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge! It blossoms through the year!" ~Richard B. Sheridan, British playwright and politician, 1751-1816

"Frustrations come when you least expect them." ~Kingston Library Trustee Marvin Eisenberg, "Library board, lacking quorum, unable to vote on budget or borrowing," Daily Freeman, 4.22.05

"For it has been rightly judged that, under political, social and religious Institutions like ours, it is of paramount importance that the means of general information should be so diffused that the largest possible number of persons should be induced to read and understand questions going down to the very foundations of social order... which we, as a people, are constantly required to decide, and do decide, either ignorantly or wisely." ~1852 report of the Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston, Upon the Objects To Be Attained by the Establishment of a Public Library

"Word of mouth is the best medium of all." ~William Bernbach (American advertising executive, 1911-1982)

"For many of us, we take our first journeys in libraries." ~ Edwidge Danticat, author

"A new library makes you feel like a million bucks." ~Michael Winerip, "New Libraries Make the City's Schools Come Alive," New York Times, 2.23.05

"The time was when a library was very like a museum and the librarian was a mouser in musty books. The time is when the library is a school and the librarian is in the highest sense a teacher, and a reader is a workman among his tools."
~Melvil Dewey (1851-1931)

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." ~Arthur C. Clarke (1917 - )

"As globalization takes hold, American workers have more competition than ever before from well-educated, hard-working people in places like India and China. For the United States to maintain its standing and its standard of living, it needs to make a greater commitment to books, literacy training, materials on English as a second language, and all of the other services libraries provide." ~New York Times Editorial, 4.8.05

"Libraries are cornerstones of every community, but they are also elements of a great national experiment in free and democratic access to information and resources." ~Molly Turner, Viburnum Foundation

“Volunteers … have style. They’re fiercely independent. If you have to ask how much they cost, you can’t afford them… They are the only human beings on the face of this earth who reflect the nation’s compassion, unselfishness, caring, patience, need, and just plain loving one another.” ~Erma Bombeck (1927-1996) Writer, Humorist

“Librarians: more powerful than a Google search, friendlier than AskJeeves, and the best natural language processor on the market.” ~Erica Olsen, Librarian Avengers CEO and Head Duck

''Sometimes it can be frustrating,'' said Patricia Vasilik, the children's librarian for the Clifton Public Library.
''I have said to kids: 'Do you see this name tag. It says librarian, it doesn't say mom.''' ~“The New Hangout,” by Debra Nussbaum, New York Times, 3.6.05

"Museums and libraries play a powerful role in building and sustaining the communities that are the foundation of American democracy today.” ~Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Robert S. Martin, Ph.D.

"I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure.” ~Virginia Woolf, author

“I think (the U.S.) should become a humanitarian superpower. We should stop dropping $60,000 bombs on people and start dropping $60,000 libraries on people.” ~ Eric Everhart, coordinator of the Toledo chapter of Food Not Bombs, Toledo (Ohio) City Paper, November 18-24, 2004.

You ask, I'll answer. ~Email signature of Alice E. Hadley, MLS, AHIP(D), Medical Library, US Naval Hospital, Guam

"Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library." ~Jim Rohn, author and motivational speaker

"There are times when I think that the ideal library is composed solely of reference books. They are like understanding friends, always ready to change the subject when you have had enough of this or that." ~ J. Donald Adams, author

"The Internet may be the world's greatest library, but let's face it - all the books are scattered on the floor." ~D.C. Denison, Boston Globe

“Only 38% of users are aware of the distinction between paid or “sponsored” results and unpaid results. And only one in six say they can always tell which results are paid or sponsored and which are not. This finding is ironic, since nearly half of all users say they would stop using search engines if they thought engines were not being clear about how they presented paid results.” ~Pew Internet & American Life Project Report, “Search Engine Users: Internet searchers are confident, satisfied and trusting – but they are also unaware and naïve,” 1.23.05

"We'd like to get back to normal, whatever that is," library director Patricia Kaufman said. "We've had to cope with a lot. The public — and our staff — has been great." ~Journal News, “Police searching for library suspect”, 1.22.05 [a story about the attempted arson at the Mahopac Public Library]

“There are times when I long for the old card catalog system at the library. I used to like standing before the huge wooden drawers, flipping through the cards. The whole thing emitted a kind of wholesome, library aroma. You could just stand there and breathe in the smell of index cards and ink. Ahhh…” -Karen Orloff, Poughkeepsie Journal, 12.04

“My childhood library was small enough not to be intimidating. And yet I felt the whole world was contained in those two rooms. I could walk any aisle and smell wisdom.” ~U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove

"I think that's the single most important issue the town is facing, I want to see some movement made in a positive direction with the library. What we need is something bigger and better." ~Councilman George Keeler, Pine Plains Town Board, speaking about the Pine Plains Free Library, The Millerton News, 1.6.05

“Not all of us can become experts in research, but librarians can. They can be the tutors who help laymen draw together the best from printed books, microfilmed newspapers, original documents, recordings and the Internet to help library users get the answers they seek. And learning, after all, is the ultimate purpose libraries have always served.” ~ Bob Caylor for the editorial board of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, 12.17.04

"In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us how to swim." ~Linton Weeks, Washington Post article, 13 January 2001, p. C01

"If I'm going to go to the library, chances are somebody hasn't paid a librarian 100 bucks to point me to a particular book." ~Beau Brendler, director of the Consumer Reports WebWatch, “ Students shun search for information offline,” Associated Press, 12.9.04

“The more I think about it, the more I realize that there is a certain degree of sadness to the increase in technology. Yes, it enables us to get more things accomplished in a shorter period of time. But have we become too reliant upon it? Will there always be someone like a librarian who can put back the pieces if the system falls apart? Who will be the keepers of knowledge if society breaks down and everyone is running around Mad-max style, with dune buggies and football pads? But for now we have librarians, and for that, I am very grateful.” ~Dave Bachtel,  excerpted from “A Tale of Two Libraries,” 10.27.04

“We need [libraries] more than ever. The Internet is full of 'stuff' but ... 'stuff' doesn't give you a competitive edge; high-quality, reliable information does." ~Patricia Schroeder, president, American Association of Publishers

“Libraries are not made; they grow.” ~ Augustine Birrell, (1850-1933), “Book Buying". Obiter Dicta.

“We must all, librarians, trustees and friends alike, continue to make our needs known to our legislators and municipalities, as publicly as possible.” ~Camilla von Bergen, President, MHLS Board of Trustees, 11.19.04

“Excellence must be defined locally. It is a result of providing library services that match community needs, interests, and priorities.” ~Public Library Association’s Results Series, Assumption #1

“New York’s State Budget is almost $100 billion. Although libraries are used by a majority of New Yorkers – in far greater numbers than any other civic service – less than one-tenth of one percent of the State’s budgeted resources are spent on library service. At the same time, the public’s approval rating for library services is greater than 80%! How many other public services can claim that level of user satisfaction?” ~ Arthur L. Friedman, President of the New York Library Association, New York State Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology Hearing on the Impact of the Governor’s 5% Cut in Library Aid, Rochester, NY, 10.20.0

“The opportunities and the challenges for libraries are both at a high point.” ~Diantha D. Schull, President, Libraries for the Future

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead, anthropologist and writer

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~Anne Frank

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” ~Mother Teresa

"It seems to me that libraries stand, above all, for the enlightened and rational notion that human beings are improved by the acquisition of knowledge and information and that no bar should be placed in their way. We stand for the individual human being pursuing whatever avenues of enquiry she or he wishes. We also stand for rationalism as the basis for all of our policies and procedures in libraries. Librarianship is a supremely rational profession and should resist the forces of irrationalism both external and internal." ~Michael Gorman, "The value and values of libraries"

“A circulating library in a town is as an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge.” ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan, playwright & politician (1751–1816)

"Plain decay of libraries is like Alzheimer's in the nation's brain." ~Ted Hughes, British report: “New Library: The People’s Network”, 1997

"Books seem to me to be pestilent things, and infect all that trade in them... with something very perverse and brutal. Printers, binders, sellers, and others that make a trade and gain out of them have universally so odd a turn and corruption of mind that they have a way of dealing peculiar to themselves, and not conformed to the good of society and that general fairness which cements mankind." ~ John Locke, British philosopher, 1632-1704

“A World Within Awaits You at the Grand Rapids Public Library.”

“The local library is the college everyone goes to.” ~Commissioner of Education Richard P. Mills, 9.16.04 at Clarkson University in Potsdam

“Stories and statistics are the building blocks of advocacy.” ~2004 NYS Outreach Conference

You CAN get there from here . . . @your library. ~Maine State Library

"Preserving Yesterday, Informing Today, Inspiring Tomorrow" ~ Daly City Library (CA)

“The core of public library service is to provide truth…” ~ Dr. William Taber, NYSALB Trustee, Richfield Springs

“Robert Bellah, the sociologist, has written, “Institutions are socially organized ways of paying attention.” The public library is the way America has paid attention to equity and lifelong, free choice learning.” ~Eleanor Jo Rodger, president of the Urban Libraries Council to Library Journal, June 15, 2004

“So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.” ~Kurt Vonnegut, “I Love You, Madame Librarian,” In These Times, 8.6.04

“A community’s view of itself and of learning, can be seen in its enthusiasm for its library and its identification with it as a cornerstone of the community.” ~Author, Toni Morrison, at the Desmond-Fish Library of Garrison’s tenth annual Associates Dinner, 2004

“Basically we’re in the people business.” ~Dan Holt, director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Poughkeepsie Journal, 8.4.04

"The public library has been historically a vital instrument of democracy and opportunity in the United States.... Our history has been greatly shaped by people who read their way to opportunity and achievements in public libraries." ~Arthur Meier Schlesinger, historian,1888-1965

"A library is an arsenal of liberty." ~Anonymous

“I live to astonish, amaze, and astound…Those are things librarians do well.” ~Starr Lackawanna, Hoboken Librarian in Looking for Bobowicz by Daniel Pinkwater

“Preserving the Past & Presenting the Future” ~ Baldwinsville Public Library, Baldwinsville, NY (1948-1998)

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Free to the People.” ~Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

“A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion”. ~Umberto Eco On librarians of the year 1327 in his book, The Name of the Rose

“My guess is about 300 years until computers are as good as, say, your local reference library in doing search. But we can make slow and steady progress, and maybe one day we’ll get there.” ~Craig Silverstein, Google director of technology, on CBS Sunday Morning, 3.28.04

“You become a reader because you saw and heard someone you admired enjoying the experience, someone led you to the world of books even before you could read, let you taste the magic of stories, took you to the library, and allowed you to stay up later at night to read in bed.” ~Jim Trelease, The New Read-Aloud Handbook

“Libraries are the only toll-free entry to the information highway.” ~Gloria Steinem, 1994 NYLA Conference

"One of the great joys of being a librarian is that it is the last refuge of the renaissance person - everything you have ever read or learned or picked up is likely to come in handy." - GraceAnne DeCandido

"A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy." -James Madison

“I’ve been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library.” ~F. Scott Fitzgerald U.S. author, An unnamed guest at one of Gatsby’s parties in The Great Gatsby

“Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library.” -Barbara Tuchman, U.S. historian

“We all know that books burn—but we have the greater knowledge that books cannot be killed by fire.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. President

(Regarding libraries) “Here is where people, one frequently finds, lower their voices and raise their minds.” ~Richard Armour, British Author, 1906-1988

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” ~Groucho Marx, U.S. comedian

“I’m glad it happened in front of the library. I’ve always emphasized scholarship.” ~Doug Weaver, Former Kansas State University football coach, on being hanged in effigy.

"When in doubt, go to the library.” ~from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” ~ Emilie Buchwald, 1994

"The libraries of America are and must ever remain the home of free, inquiring minds. To them, our citizens --of all ages and races, of all creeds and persuasions-- must be able to turn with clear confidence that there they can freely seek the whole truth, unvarnished by fashion and uncompromised by expediency." ~ President Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Libraries are not made; they grow.” ~Augustine Birrell

“This is where I’ll be spending a lot of time.” ~6-year-old Elijah Rizzuto Smith, at the newly opened, newly constructed Mahopac Library

“I’m sort of like an information traffic cop.” ~Jim Cosgrove, Director of the Marlboro Free Library (Southern Ulster Times, March 17th, 2004)

"A democratic society depends on an informed and educated citizenry" ~Thomas Jefferson

“The more that you read,
the more things you’ll know.
The more you learn,
The more places you’ll go.”
~Dr. Seuss.

"One gets thrilled and frightened at the same time in the presence of a library because it reminds one about one's past, present, and, most, of the possibilities of the future." ~ Bill Moyers

"Access to knowledge is the superb, the supreme act of truly great civilizations. Of all the institutions that purport to do this, free libraries stand virtually alone in accomplishing this mission." ~Toni Morrison, American novelist (1931-)

"Cuts in library budgets won't turn off the Internet for wealthy or middle-class families, it will turn off the Internet for people who have nowhere else to turn." ~ William H. Gates Sr., co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“Information literate citizens are able to spot and expose chicanery, disinformation, and lies.” ~ALA, Presidential Committee on Information Literacy Final Report, 1989

"The computer is only a fast idiot, it has no imagination; it cannot originate action. It is, and will remain, only a tool to man." ~ American Library Association , On Univac computer exhibited at the 1964 NY World's Fair.

"The three most important documents a free society gives are a birth certificate, a passport, and a library card." ~ E. L. Doctorow

"Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries." ~ Anne Herbert

“[In] a library there is all the recorded wit of the world.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“The library is unlimited and cyclical.” ~Jorge Luis Borge

"A library is not simply a repository of books, it is the symbol and center of our culture… a door and a window for those who might not otherwise have such doors and windows." ~Amy Tan, author

"When I got my library card, that's when my life began." ~Rita Mae Brown

"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

The Vigo County Public Library is "easy to find. It's the million-story building at Seventh and Poplar streets." ~Lori Henson in her "Briefcases" column, Terre Haute Tribune-Star, 10/8/02

All we offer is free of charge, but not free of cost.~ Pequot Public Library, Southport, CT

"Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly." ~ Roger Ebert, Yahoo! Internet Life column, Sept. 1998, p. 66

"If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all - except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our library." ~John F. Kennedy

“Knowledge is free at the library. Just bring your own container.“ ~Unknown

“A word after a word after a word is power.” ~Margaret Atwood

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

"This budget cut is a virus in the ultimate search engine." - library friend and trustee Bill Pontius of Rochester, NY during the March 18th, 2003 rally for libraries on the steps of the NYS Capitol

“If information is the currency of democracy, then libraries are its banks.” -Wendell H. Ford, U.S. Senator, Kentucky, 1974-1998

“Libraries acquire what we cannot afford, retain what we prize and would adore, restore the worn, ignore the fashion, and repulse prejudice.” -author and Washington University Professor William Gass

“You see, I don't believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that's been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians.” - Monty Python

“There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.” Andrew Carnegie

“Many librarians perform their duties with a profound sense of responsibility: supported the foundations of democracy by ensuring free access to information.” NY Times reporter John Schwartz

Statistics (General | MHLS-related)


The estimated dollar value of volunteer time for 2009 is $20.85 per hour.
-The Independent Sector,

"Library Internet users are significantly more likely than other Internet users to communicate online with local government officials
(25 percent compared to 14 percent.)"
-Connected Nation, "Research Shows that Libraries Play a Key Role in Connecting the Disconnected," 11.2.09

The Independent Sector has released their new estimate of the dollar value of volunteer time: $18.77 per hour for 2006.

More than half (55%) of all online American youths ages 12-17 use online social networking sites.
-Pew Internet & American Life Project,

There were nearly two billion visits to U.S. libraries in fiscal year 2004.
-2007 State of America's Libraries Report,

"Robinsonade" is a literary genre that takes its name from the 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe. The success of this novel spawned enough imitations that its name was used to define a genre.

“A national Kaiser Family Foundation survey of older Americans found that as the Internet becomes an increasingly important resource for informing decisions about health and health care options, less than a third (31%) of seniors (age 65 and older) have ever gone online, but that more than two-thirds (70%) of the next generation of seniors (50-64 year-olds) have done so. The differences among seniors and 50-64 year-olds are striking and indicate that online resources for health information may soon play a much larger role among older Americans.”
-Kaiser Family Foundation,

Advocacy for public libraries is a year-round job.
-MHLS Advocacy Central,

34% of Internet users have logged onto the Internet using a wireless connection.
-Pew Internet & American Life Project,

For every $1 of State Aid that New York State's public library systems receive, public library users receive approximately $12.50 in services.
- New York State Library, Division of Library Development

"Americans appreciate libraries and librarians. Eighty-nine percent of Americans surveyed early this year reported being satisfied with their public libraries. Most agree that public libraries are under-funded and need more support." -The State of America's Libraries Report, A Report from the American Library Association,

Of libraries that offer technology training, only 28 percent do so on a scheduled basis. - "Public Libraries Connect People to Technology but Face Challenges in Sustaining Service," Public Libraries and the Internet 2004 Survey,

Nine out of ten public libraries say they do not have enough terminals to meet demand at certain times of the day. - "Public Libraries Connect People to Technology but Face Challenges in Sustaining Service," Public Libraries and the Internet 2004 Survey,

69.9 percent of public libraries do not have a formal plan to upgrade their hardware; 77.4 percent don't have a software upgrade schedule. - "Public Libraries Connect People to Technology but Face Challenges in Sustaining Service," Public Libraries and the Internet 2004 Survey,

For every $1 of State Aid that New York State's public library systems receive,
public library users receive approximately $12.50 in services. - New York State Library, Division of Library Development, 2004

The number of books read by the "average NLS patron, an individual with a visual or physical impairment," for every book a typical sighted person reads: 7 -Library of Congress National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

For every $1 of State Aid that New York State's public library systems receive,
public library users receive approximately $12.50 in services.
- New York State Library, Division of Library Development, 2004

87 percent of teens now use the Internet, up from 73 percent five years ago, with 84 percent reporting that they own at least one communication device such as a computer or cell phone. - Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2005

Five times more people visit U.S. public libraries each year than attend U.S. professional and college football, basketball, and hockey games combined. Libraries, how they stack up: a report from OCLC

For every $1 of State Aid that New York State's public library systems receive, public library users receive approximately $12.50 in services.
~New York State Library, Division of Library Development, 2004

Libraries are a $1.6 billion industry in New York and that spending generates another $3 billion in economic activity. ~New York Library Association

Libraries serve 9 million or 51% of New York’s population or 75% of its households. ~New York Library Association

Over 31 million reference questions are asked by patrons each year in New York State’s public libraries. Source: 2002 Annual Report for Public and Association Libraries, New York State Education Department, New York State Library

The number of visits made to libraries nationwide more than doubled between 1990 and 2001, according to the most recent data available from the American Library Association.

“NOVEL saves libraries more than $80 million through centralized licensing of these information services.” ~NYS Library, Division of Library Development, 2004

44% of U.S. Internet users have contributed their thoughts and their files to the online world.~Pew Internet & American Life Project

On February 17th, 2004 Google Inc. announced it expanded the breadth of its web index to more than 6 billion items. Source: Google

The library is most often used for educational purpose (46%) followed by entertainment (46%). ~KRC Research and Consulting Survey for the American Library Association (March 2002)

“Reference Librarians in the nation’s public and academic libraries answer more than seven million questions weekly. Standing single file, the line of questions would stretch from Boston to San Francisco.” Source: ALA Office for Research & Statistics, “Quotable Facts About America’s Libraries

There are more public libraries than McDonald’s – a total of 16,220, including branches. Source: ALA Office for Research & Statistics, “Quotable Facts About America’s Libraries

“NYS aid to all libraries currently represents less than 1/10th of one percent of the state budget.” -Richard Mills, President of The University of the State of New York and NYS Commissioner of Education

Video Business reported in late June 2003 that “for the first time, consumers in a given week have rented more DVD copies than VHS cassettes,” according to the Video Software Dealers Association’s weekly VidTrac report. -Randy Pitman, Video Librarian

Barnes & Noble ceased selling e-books in early September, citing insufficient sales. -American Libraries, November 2003


MHLS Delivery Area Fast Facts:
Sorting 4,000+ items a day, 850 boxes a week | 13% increase since August/September 2006

The Mid-Hudson Library System saves local tax dollars: If the System didn’t exist…every community with a public library would have to pay an estimated 33% more for the level of library service they currently receive.
-Lobby Day 2007: MHLS Talking Points,

Total number of holds placed in 2005: 731,118

Number of Items in the MHLS Catalog as of January 2006: 2,123,260

MHLS member libraries added 216,137 item records to the shared catalog in 2005!

What search types do patrons use in the online catalog?
40%: keyword | 30%: title | 17%: author | 10%: subject | 3%: other search types

The MHLS Delivery System transports over 1.6 million items a year to area libraries.

Did you know? 43 member libraries now have a calendar of events linked to their web sites.

In the first six months of 2005 there were: 352,777 holds placed & 276,793 holds filled. -Laurie Shedrick, MHLS Automated Systems Manager

Did you know? 74% of member library Friends Groups are involved in running book sales in addition to other fundraising activities. [2004]

Did you know? The average amount raised by a member library Friends Group in 2004 was over $7,800.

MHLS Delivery staff sorts over 3,000 items a day. This number does not include items forward sorted while drivers are on the road.

In just over 2 years, member libraries have more than QUADRUPLED the number of holds filled for patrons [from under 10,000 to over 40,000 a month].

In 2004 the MHLS Print Service Department completed 445 jobs, making a total of over 1.8 million impressions on the off-set press.

The MHLS Automated Systems Department (Laurie & Karen) responded to approximately 1530 phone calls in 2004.

Over 500,000 holds have been placed, so far, in 2004. This is double the total number placed in 2002. ~Web Management Reports, 11.18.04

“Drivers for the MHLS delivery service average 4,100 miles per six-day week and sort over 1,000 items per day.” ~Tom Finnigan, Delivery Manager, 11.04

“In October 2004, 65% of the holds in Millennium were placed by patrons, using the Online Public Library Catalog. This means that library staff has less of a notion about what is being ordered, until it comes in. Viewing your holds has become even more critical in providing the "in demand" material to your patrons.” ~Laurie Shedrick, MHLS Automated Systems Manager

More than one out of every two people in the Mid-Hudson Library System service area is a registered library user. ~2003 Mid-Hudson Library System Statistical Report Quotable Facts

There were over 3.1 million visits to MHLS member libraries in 2003.~2003 Mid-Hudson Library System Statistical Report Quotable Facts

34 MHLS member libraries reported a need for over $74.5 million for construction. ~MHLS Building Project Update Action Memo, August 2004

Over a quarter of a million searches were done through the MHLS Online Public Library Catalog in August 2004. ~Laurie Shedrick, MHLS Automated Systems Manager, 9.14.04

There are now over 2 million items in the MHLS catalog. ~Laurie Shedrick, MHLS Automated Systems Manager, 9.14.04

The title with the most circulation, system wide, is Ken Burns’ Civil War video recording, which circulated 5297 times. ~Laurie Shedrick, MHLS Automated Systems Manager, 7.04

MHLS Millennium Stats: In May 2004: 40,990 holds were placed, and 514,903 items were checked out.

In one month's transactions (5.03.04-6.03.04) $83,842.87 in fines were due and $34,325.24 were collected.



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