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Home for Christmas
Norwell, Massachusetts

Home for Christmas, 2011

Black Heart
Massachusetts

Black Heart, 2012

"You don't realize that as a kid books are changing you, sending you off in new directions and getting you interested in things that you didn't know you would be interested in."

Valentined: An Essie Cobb Senior Sleuth Mystery
Aurora, Illinois

Valentined: An Essie Cobb Senior Sleuth Mystery, 2011

"As a lifelong educator, author, and reader, the library has always been one of my favorite places."

"As a lifelong educator, author, and reader, the library has always been one of my favorite places."

If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, 2010

"Libraries are magical places. The first books I fell in love with were library books. As I child, I would take out stacks too high to carry and pine over them when they had to go back - until, fickle, I fell in love with a new stack of stories."

This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
Briarcliff Manor, New York

This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, 2010

"Libraries have always been there for me. Of course I'll stand up for them!"

Your Sun, Manny
Barrington, New Hampshire

Your Sun, Manny, 2010

"In books were my road maps, my secrets, my ambitions, my possibilities. The characters in books taught me everything. Without books I'd have been hopelessly lost. In libraries, I knew where to locate myself and where I could find the instructions I needed to carry on."

From the Margins of Empire: Christina Stead, Doris Lessing, Nadine Gordimer
New York, New York

From the Margins of Empire: Christina Stead, Doris Lessing, Nadine Gordimer, 1998

"Libraries: cafeterias for food that feeds the mind."

The Hanukkah Hop
Los Angeles, California

The Hanukkah Hop, 2011

"Libraries and librarians do what they do so quietly and efficiently that it's easy to take them for granted. But we do so at our peril. If we don't safeguard them, we will wake up one day and realize that we've lost something very, very precious, essential to democracy, to literacy, to our quality of life. A world without libraries is unthinkable."

The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade
Grand Ledge, Michigan

The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade, 2010

"If it weren't for libraries, I wouldn't be a writer."

Heart of Diamonds
West Harrison, New York

Heart of Diamonds, 2009

New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story
Manhattan Beach, California

New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story

"The other day my Mexican friend asked me if she could borrow a book on U.S. history to study to become a citizen. I told her that I didn't have a recent one, but that she could go to the library. She looked at me blankly. I took out a map and showed her where the nearest library was -- she knew the building. What she didn't know was that with her residence card she could get a library card and check out books. Books to help her become a citizen. Books for her 3-year-old son. Books for pleasure reading. 'For free?' she asked incredulously. It was then that I nearly got on my knees to Ben Franklin. Thank you, Ben! I don't think I'd ever really thought about what it would be like to live in a country that didn't have libraries."

Running on Empty
Pompano Beach, Florida

Running on Empty, 2011

"When I went with my mom to get my first library card, you were required to be able to write your own name and address. I was so little, I hadn't learned to write yet. God bless the librarian. I was so visibly crushed that she stood patiently by while I painstakingly copied, stroke by stroke, what my mom wrote. I left library card in hand and haven't relinquished it since. Libraries: Resource and refuge. For life."

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