Kareems Head Shot

The library can feel like your own personal room, a place where you can hide out with your thoughts, test your ideas, explore other worlds and other times. In a way, it’s a testing ground of who you are and who you want to become, because every time you walk out of those doors, you can be smarter than you were going in. My advice? Use it to transform yourself into the person you know you can be.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar



This New Year, I wish you boundless blank slates, blank white pages, and blank screens to write on.  Seize the opportunity to add something new to the world in 2014.

Long before Kindles and iPads existed, libraries were held in high esteem. Huge amounts of money were spent to house books, creating buildings that were ravishing works of art.

Knowledge is power: Bomb-damaged books now stored safely in the chapter library, Noyon Cathedral, France

E-books changed my life. I borrow books from several libraries using Overdrive. But I don’t think all books should migrate onto screens. They belong in libraries, community spaces open to everyone. Libraries are portals to the future and links to our past, our collective human memory in words, not bytes.

Albert Einstein was asked once how we could make our children intelligent. His reply was both simple and wise. “If you want your children to be intelligent,” he said, “read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

Our future depends on libraries.  Everything changes when we read.

How would you rate your last library experience?

is your library becoming a cultural center?

Toni 1/4/14