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I was originally  looking for the last quote on this list, but a couple of 
other people (thank  you!) sent some really inspiring ones I thought this 
community would enjoy. As  we began our first day of in-service today and many of 
you are preparing for a  new school year, take heart: 
"Most people don't  realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book 
recently which  suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was 
solely related to how  many librarians it contained. Possibly a slight 
overstatement. But a culture  that doesn't value its librarians doesn't value ideas 
without ideas, well,  where are we?"   --- from The Sandman by Neil Gaiman 
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 richest person in the world. In  fact all the riches in the world — 
couldn't provide you with anything like the  endless, incredible loot available at 
your local library. You can measure the  awareness, the breadth and the wisdom 
of a civilization, a nation, a people, by  the priority given to preserving 
these repositories of all that we are, all that  we were, or will be. Malcolm 

Access to knowledge is the  superb, the supreme act of truly great 
civilizations. Of all the institutions  that purport to do this, free libraries 
virtually alone in accomplishing  this mission. No committee decides who may 
enter, no crisis of body or spirit  must accompany the entrant. No tuition is 
charged, no oath sworn, no visa  demanded. Of the monuments humans build for 
themselves, very few say "touch me,  use me, my hush is not indifference, my space 
is not barrier. If I inspire awe,  it is because I am in awe of you and the 
possibilities that dwell in you.  Toni Morrison 
Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared  to that of 
an ignorant nation." ~ Walter Cronkite (1916-  ) 
What a school thinks  about its library is a measure of what it thinks about 
education.  –Harold Howe, former U.S. Commissioner  of Education 

Julie  Dahlhauser, librarian
Anderson Early Childhood Center
620 West Main  Street
Brownsville, Tennessee USA  38012

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