“I am an eager child of 7 or 8 and this is in the mid-1940s. The library is a beautiful building like no other I’ve seen close up, an anomaly in this city block beside the dull red brick of the YMCA to one side and a dentist’s office to the other; across the street is Lockport High School, another older, dull-brick building. The library—which, at my young age, I could not have known was a WPA-sponsored project that transformed the city of Lockport—has something of the look of a Greek temple; not only is its architecture distinctive, with elegantly ascending steps, a portico and four columns, a facade with six large, rounded, latticed windows and, on top, a kind of spire, but the building is set back from the street behind a wrought-iron fence with a gate, amid a very green jewel-like lawn.”—Joyce Carol Oates Goes Home Again | People & Places | Smithsonian Magazine
“Libraries are very good markets for books, and we writers love them to bits. You see, if enough people line up to borrow a book, the library will purchase more copies of that book in order to reduce the wait. Therefore, the more people who want to borrow books from the library, the better. Also, libraries tend to be very supportive of writers from a promotional standpoint. They invite us to read, host our events, and often let local booksellers come in to sell copies at these events. To sum up: Libraries are good for authors.”—Cherie Priest » Blog Archive » Control
“Libraries are the blacksmith shops of the 21st century, obsolete relics of another era. Their time is past, as gone as the Monroe Doctrine and the Bronze Age. Today going to the library is an exercise in nostalgia, an attempt to revisit your youth, or, more probably, the youth of your grandparents. But it’s easy to go years and years without visiting a library - I haven’t had a library card in a quarter century and can’t recall a single time I wished I had one.”—Tommy Wayne Kramer - Save the county, close the libraries - Ukiah Daily Journal
“Regardless of which dances one chooses, the rewards are many. More than exercise, it’s exuberance! More than “socializing”, it’s true intercourse! In a time when people are increasingly trapped between their temples, partner dancing is a great mediator, a reminder from our childhood that we can be freer and more expressive. At its best, dance allows us a joie de vivre that reunites us with our bodies and our neighbors. In times characteristic of isolation and deficient in charm, it is just the tonic we need.”—Nick Urban - The Anachronist » Shall We Dance?