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This video shows several different celebrities speaking out in support of the New York Public Library. They reminisce about their childhood library visits and the role the library played in their lives, and talk about why libraries are essential to building strong communities.
I found Malcolm Gladwell’s words particularly moving: “My last book ‘Outliers’ describes success in terms of opportunities, and one of those opportunities is a library…Whenever I hear the words that libraries are being cut back, I feel like people’s lives are being cut back in a very real way.”
Most of us don’t have access to celebrities like Barbara Walters, Nora Ephron, Amy Tan and Bette Midler, but any library could make a similar video featuring local celebrities and members of your own community who could be equally eloquent and effective in delivering the message.