'The Library Has Always Been a Window to a Larger World'
"More than a building that houses books and data, the library has always
been a window to a larger world--a place where we've always come to
discover big ideas and profound concepts that help move the American
story forward. . . . .
"Libraries remind us that truth isn't about who yells the loudest, but
who has the right information. Because even as we're the most religious
of people, America's innovative genius has always been preserved because
we also have a deep faith in facts.
"And so the moment we persuade a child, any child, to cross that
threshold into a library, we've changed their lives forever, and for the
better. This is an enormous force for good."--President-elect Barack
Obama in a speech
at the American Library Association annual conference in June 2005.