Since one of my favorite past times when traveling is to visit the public library in a city, I thought I'd share that Tuesday, May 7, 2013, hundreds of people will gather in Washington, D.C. to tell Congressmen to protect library funding.
Libraries are a safe haven, they're where people who can't afford the internet find access, it's where children learn to read and enjoy having books read to them, it's where you can find all kinds of research, escape the world in new worlds built in your imagination and we need them as a society.
To mark the annual day, here's some facts about celebrities who love libraries:
*Beyoncé has her own personal librarian that catalogues nearly 50,000 reams of footage of herself that she amassed for ten years.
*Bill Cosby, winner of the Library of Congress' "Living Legend" award, has raised funds for the Brooklyn Public Library's Support Our Shelves fundraising campaign.
*NBA player and Olympic gold medalist Dwayne Wade was the Honorary Chair of the American Library Association’s Library Card Sign-up Month.
*Bestselling author Ray Bradbury has said “Most of you can afford to go to college, but if you want to educate yourself completely, go to the library and educate yourself. When I was 28 years old, I graduated from Library.”
*Karl Lagerfeld, Rod Stewart, Diane Keaton, Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, Kelsey Grammer and Oprah all own large, private libraries.
*Oprah’s large library collection contains autographed first editions of “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and John Steinbeck’s “Cup of Gold.” (This is hers.)
*Kirk Douglas has said “"My mother and father were illiterate immigrants from Russia. When I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building and take a book on any subject. They couldn't believe this access to knowledge we have here in America. They couldn't believe it was free.”
To learn more about National Library Legislative Day, go to http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/nlld/press.