“…libraries are full of ideas…”

Did you catch David Baldacci‘s interview in the New York Times Sunday Book Review? Here’s what he had to say about libraries:

“I was a library rat. Libraries are the mainstays of democracy. The first thing dictators do when taking over a country is close all the libraries, because libraries are full of ideas and differences of opinion, all the things we say we want in a free and open society. So keep ‘em, fund ‘em, embrace and cherish ‘em.”

Add it to your file of excellent library quotes. Thanks, Mr. Baldacci.