“A library implies an act of faith which generations, still in darkness hid, sign in their night in witness of the dawn." ~ Victor Hugo
“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries." ~ Anne Herbert
It was Terry Deary, a known children's writer, who made a controversial statement about libraries: “books aren’t public property.” Deary added, “Authors, booksellers and publishers need to eat. We don’t expect to go to a food library to be fed.” The cranky comments feel like a swift kick in the teeth since libraries around the world are struggling against significant budget cuts each year, and authors have been tirelessly advocating for their importance. We gathered a few passionate statements from 20 writers that emphasize why libraries aren’t "sentimental” institutions. See what Mark Twain, Neil Gaiman, Judy Blume, Ray Bradbury, and other writers have to contribute to the issue on the importance of libraries.