John was presented the UK Libraries Award for Intellectual Achievement at our Annual Dinner last spring. In his remarks he offered a passionate and thoughtful case for the importance of libraries now and in the future. I found a particular passage to be inspiring and thought I would share it with you (it is also quoted in the latest edition of “Speaking Volumes.”
“Anytime I find myself in the company of librarians, friends of libraries and lovers of books, I feel at home. There could be no more essential institution to me than the library. Without it, I could never have become a writer, nor could I explain or justify now the way I have spent my days and years.
Libraries are to me - to most writers – what hospitals are to doctors or courthouses to lawyers, or garages to mechanics. They are the places where a practitioner’s skill and instinct and judgment are brought to bear against an unanswered question or an unsolved problem. Libraries are my proving ground, and whatever I have accomplished as a writer I attribute in substantial measure to institutions such as these, and to the people who give them life.”