"U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said he spent a lot of time in public libraries in his community while growing up. "Did I dream that I would be on the Supreme Court? No. But I dreamt that there was a world out there that was worth pursuing."
"Andrew Carnegie, whose philanthropy probably influenced more Americans than can ever be tallied, said, "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."
"TV talk show host, actress and author Oprah Winfrey said, "Getting my library card was like citizenship; it was like American citizenship." (from Tecumseh Herald)