by Janet Marsh from the Highland Bookshop Mysteries by Molly MacRae
Before I retired, before I uprooted my Midwestern American life to run a bookshop on the west coast of Scotland, I was a librarian. For thirty-five years I spent my days connecting people with information, inspiration, imagination – in short, with books. I love libraries, everything they do and everything they stand for. That's why I've loved our month-long celebration of libraries here at Killer Characters. Today it’s my turn, and I offer to you some of my favorite library quotations (and a chance to win books for your public library).
"The closest thing we will ever come to an orderly universe is a good library."
Ashleigh Brilliant, Author and Syndicated Cartoonist
"In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends imprisoned by an enchanter in paper and leathern boxes."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American lecturer, Essayist, and Poet
"A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert."
Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
"A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessities of life..."
Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), US Abolitionist, Clergyman, and Author
"Libraries have always seemed like the richest places in the world to me, and I’ve done some of my best learning and thinking thanks to them. Libraries and librarians have definitely changed my life and the lives of countless other Americans."
Barbara Bush (1925-2018), First Lady of the United States, 1989-1993
"When I was young, we couldn't afford much. But, my library card was my key to the world."
John Goodman, Actor
"Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation."
Walter Cronkite (1916-2009), Broadcaster
"What in the world would we do without our libraries?"
Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003), Actor
What do you love about libraries? Let me know in a comment below. My author, who is also in love with libraries, would like to send your public library copies of each of the Highland Bookshop Mysteries. Remember to include your email address for your chance to win.
Molly MacRae writes the Highland Bookshop Mystery series and the award-winning, national bestselling Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries. She lives in Champaign, Illinois, where she’s been connecting children with books at the public library for the past fifteen years. Visit Molly on Facebook and Pinterest, or connect with her on Twitter @mysteryMacRae.