1000+ Authors Converse Out For The Digital Future Of Libraries, Ask Publishers To Halt Dangerous Actions & Rhetoric

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Signed by an enormous and various checklist of authors, the letter decries conduct from main publishers and commerce associations, together with their lawsuit in opposition to the Web Archive, demanding that they stop efforts to undermine the important contributions of libraries to an accessible and inclusive world of books.

Over 1000 authors have joined Neil Gaiman, Alok Menon, Naomi Klein, Saul WilliamsHanif Abdurraqib, Lawrence LessigChuck Wendig, and Cory Doctorow in signing an open letter defending libraries’ function within the digital age. The letter initially debuted on September 29th, 2022 with 300 signatures. Over 700 further authors have signed on since that point.

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Authors title amongst their issues a broad battle over digital lending that appears destined for the US Supreme Courtroom, in addition to Affiliation of American Publishers’ President and CEO Maria Pallante lately characterizing librarian advocates as “mouthpieces” for Large Tech. Authors make three calls for of main publishers, distributors, and commerce associations:

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  1. Enshrine the best of libraries to personal, protect, and mortgage books on affordable phrases no matter format
  2. Finish lawsuits aimed to intimidate libraries or diminish their function in society
  3.  Halt industry-led smear campaigns in opposition to librarians

 

In response to the letter, {industry} commerce associations issued false statements, together with the false assertion that authors have been “misled” into signing on.

The total textual content of the letter, full checklist of signatories, in addition to a type for extra authors to signal on, is out there at http://FightForTheFuture.org/Authors-For-Libraries.

The letter reads partly:

“Libraries are a elementary collective good. We, the undersigned authors, are disheartened by the current assaults in opposition to libraries being made in our title by commerce associations such because the American Affiliation of Publishers and the Publishers Affiliation: undermining the normal rights of libraries to personal and protect books, intimidating libraries with lawsuits, and smearing librarians.“

Among the many various array of notable new signatories are bestselling authors James Lee Burke; Matt Forbeck; Karen Pleasure Fowler, and Mercedes R Lackey; award-winning authors Cecil Castellucci, Eleanor DavisMichael DeForgeUrsula HegiE.C. MyersAngel Nafis, Mary Doria Russell, and Saskia Vogel; Colorado Poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre; Vermont Poet Laureate Luisa A. Igloria; official Nelson Mandela biographer Charlene Smith; Danish Feminist icon Tania Ørum; Guggenheim fellows Patricia Aufderheide and Laurence Senelick; celebrated educational Dr. Noura Erakat; and founding father of the Wikipedia library Jake Orlowitz.

Writer Chuck Wendig mentioned: “Libraries and librarians are champions of each the under-served reader and the under-seen author. I used to work within the public library, and I cherished that the library helped writers discover readers, and readers to seek out writers — and writers of each degree, as well, from midlist or bestseller or debut. It’s vital we be sure these seeds are planted, watered, and allowed to develop unhindered.”

Writer Cory Doctorow, whose forthcoming guide Chokepoint Capitalism with fellow signatory Rebecca Giblin explores the harms of huge content material to creators, mentioned: “Anybody who tells you libraries and authors are on the other aspect of *any* situation has grossly misunderstood the character of libraries, or authors, or each. We’re class allies and creative comrades-in-arms.”

Writer, PEN/Hemingway award winner, and first trans lady nominee for the Girls’s Guide Award Torrey Peters mentioned:  “I flat-out owe my profession as a trans writer to the unimpeded circulation of digital books: the primary trans books that impressed me have been digital, my very own first books have been revealed digitally.

Bookstores didn’t carry our books at first. Due to this fact, any readers which have felt their very own feelings modified by my revealed work–regardless of in what medium–in the end additionally owe that change to digital books. Everyone advantages when digital books are accessible.”

Writer and Guggenheim Fellow Patricia Aufderheide mentioned: “Libraries are “palaces for the individuals,” because the title of Eric Klinenberg’s guide says so properly. They’re studying areas, protected areas, caring areas, and public areas.

They permit members of the general public to see themselves as equal to others and welcomed into this house. Libraries’ capacity to gather, protect, and share sources is a sine qua non of democracy. Bullies who choose on libraries are anti-democratic.”

Lia Holland, Campaigns and Communications Director of digital rights nonprofit Struggle for the Future and lead organizer of the letter, mentioned: “Within the face of a rising tide of guide bans and defunding of various and inclusive schooling, it’s disappointing to see main publishers to aim to squeeze the normal roles of libraries out of our digital future.

Already, cities and cities are banning life-saving various tales and threatening entry to info on abortion and different important healthcare.

The Affiliation of American Publishers even gave their 2022 Distinguished Public Service Award to Senator Tom Tillis, infamous for his in depth file of anti-LGBTQ+ coverage and racist rhetoric, in addition to for cosponsoring a invoice to defund 1619 Undertaking Curriculum.

It’s clear that the values of those commerce associations are deeply misaligned with the values of the literary neighborhood.”

Bestselling Writer Matt Forbeck mentioned: “Libraries have been a formative a part of me studying to learn, and they need to be free for all without end.”

Writer Jeffery M. Reynolds mentioned: “Copyright has previously century been twisted to profit firms and different companies, not creators and their estates, nor libraries who serve a public curiosity.

It’s excessive time to assessment how now we have turned our system away from permitting the unfold of information whereas guaranteeing artists get duly paid into one the place the rich extract infinite hire from the onerous work of others and restrict public entry to that data.”

Poet Yesika Salgado mentioned: “With out libraries my friends and myself wouldn’t have had the entry to literature that we establish with and inspired us to inform our personal tales. To limit their skills to mortgage books is to stifle voices like ours “

New York Occasions bestselling writer Scott Carney mentioned: “Libraries are an important establishment to domesticate engaged readers.  Permitting them to hold books in codecs that readers truly use solely helps authors. Not permitting libraries to perform places the management of studying into the arms of huge tech firms.”

Writer Marianne Díaz Hernández mentioned: “Libraries are the guardians and the bulwark of cultural range and inclusion, significantly for many who don’t have the means to entry tradition by different pathways.

They’re the place the place individuals, significantly kids, can entry books and different supplies concerning the matters that concern them, embarrass them, or that they don’t really feel that they will discuss with anybody else.

The standing of libraries as a spot freed from censorship and surveillance, to hunt data we want and tales that replicate us, is without doubt one of the keystones of a free, open, and democratic society, and each inch that we lose on this battle contributes to the disintegration of civic house.”

Writer Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez and founding father of Latina Rebels mentioned: “Libraries needs to be protected, it’s how I first found my love of studying. There isn’t any me the writer with out public libraries.”

Writer Elizabeth Kate Switaj mentioned: “I write as a result of I need to be learn. My most lately revealed guide is on the Web Archive—and that delights me. I additionally make use of on-line archival materials regularly in my artistic and significant work.

Furthermore, as a school administrator in a  small-island state (or, extra precisely, a Large Ocean Nation), I understand how necessary digital sources are to world entry and fairness.”

Dan Gillmor, writer and cofounder of Information Co/Lab, an initiative to raise information literacy and consciousness at Arizona State College’s Walter Cronkite College of Journalism and Mass Communication, mentioned: “Large Publishing would outlaw public libraries of it might — or at the very least make it inconceivable for libraries to purchase and lend books as they’ve historically finished, to huge public profit — and its marketing campaign in opposition to the Web Archive is a step towards that aim.”

Award-winning writer David Weinberger mentioned: “Publishers attempting to restrict the attain of libraries are hastening the dying of literacy, of guide tradition, and of neighborhood satisfaction of their educated variations.”

Writer, and College Affiliate on the Berkman Klein Middle for Web & Society Sasha Costanza-Chock mentioned: “It’s completely shameful that publishers would attempt to destroy the efforts of the Web archive. The long run is open entry publishing!”

Writer Ernie Smith mentioned: “Closing off libraries to honest entry within the digital age closes off probably the most necessary instruments for analysis now we have. The Web Archive’s managed digital lending strategy is a wonderful technique to rapidly analysis matters from main sources that will not have digital equivalents.

The library needs to be allowed to moderately sustain with the instances, and we should always not permit publishers to aim to redefine it simply because the format is altering.”

Award-winning poet and Guggenheim Fellow Philip Metres mentioned: “The general public library, to me, is the closest factor to a church for everybody–a spot the place individuals search tales and solutions to each query underneath the solar. Those that threaten that sacred house, who search to cut back entry to that temple of studying and exploration, are a hazard to democracy itself.”

Writer Mirta Wake mentioned: “Retracting the flexibility to learn from the poor won’t web you extra gross sales, it’s going to merely restrict the attain that your work might have.

Libraries that lend e-books are inclined to require these borrowing to have units to learn them on, whereas the digital lending of books as in the event that they have been bodily ones by way of a PDF means that you can entry the guide it doesn’t matter what machine you might be utilizing to learn on.

Moreover taking down Web Archive and forcing all into bodily libraries to borrow bodily books fails to account for a) the mobility standing of the borrower (are they even ready?) and b) the supply of libraries of their space within the first place as an increasing number of libraries disappear off the map to by no means re-appear ever once more.”

Writer and Professor of Media Principle and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens Douglas Rushkoff mentioned: “Libraries rule. They’re the clearest instance of a commons that we will level to.”

Writer Ashton Applewhite mentioned: “Preserving conventional library rights is crucial totally free speech and the transmission of knowledge within the digital age.”

Writer Diana Rosen mentioned: “Everlasting vigilance is crucial not for our democratic rules however for entry to info, the important thing to an knowledgeable and responsive public. Lengthy dwell our public libraries!”

Writer Alex Benedict mentioned: “Rising up in Brecksville, Ohio, my native parks system and library have been my refuges. Past demanding that libraries be capable to buy books for everlasting use in any format in addition to be protected against lawsuits and harassment, I hope that small presses can set up nearer relationships with libraries.

Cleveland writer and poet d.a.levy freely shared his books with many libraries throughout and past Ohio. Though many libraries could also be immune to different types of literature, small presses and authors can set an instance in opposition to conglomerate writer financialization by taking sharing books with libraries.”

Poet and co-organizer Jonathan Mendoza mentioned: “I need a future wherein authors and artists are pretty compensated for his or her work and the place their works can nonetheless be inexpensive and accessible to everybody most affected by capitalism and inequity.

Libraries, and their capacity to lend e-books in an affordable method, are key to this consequence. The ever-more-common profit-driven efforts of main publishers to drive up the associated fee to entry literature ought to misery us all. I encourage authors to hitch this letter in assist of libraries and of the extra equitable and accessible future that our works so usually search to construct.”

Engineer, VTuber, comic, voice-over artist, digital content material creator, and writer Margaret Gel mentioned: “Humanity won’t ever be free, by no means colonize the celebrities, by no means advance as a species, as a individuals, as a civilization, so long as info stays shackled by Capitalism.”

Writer and retired College of Oklahoma Professor Laura Gibbs mentioned: “I be sure to add all of the books for which I management the rights to the Web Archive: it’s the library I take advantage of most, and I’m proud to see my books there.”

Prof. Dr. Ellen Euler mentioned: “Libraries are essential for a functioning democratic data society. In instances of multi-crises and populist propaganda, they need to be capable to fulfill their mission in the very best method, together with by way of digital and networked media!”

Writer and poet Dominick Knowles mentioned: “Solidarity with library employees, archivists, and all those that make public data doable in opposition to the privatizing forces of capital.”

Writer Robert Berger mentioned: “Sufficient of Companies attempting to shove Synthetic Shortage down our throats!”

Writer Steven Ok. Stroh mentioned: “The Web Archive is an absolute treasure of the trendy period. As an writer, I would like my works to be made broadly accessible to the general public, in perpetuity, via non-commercial organizations reminiscent of Web Archive.”

Writer Jerry Michalski mentioned: “Via their overzealous overprotection of mental property, the copyright industries have set civilization again significantly. Revenue maximization and collective intelligence are at odds with one another.”

Writer Ricardo Dominguez mentioned: “Free Archives are the one method of constructing certain that info might be accessible to all individuals now and sooner or later. We can’t totally rely upon present and growing platforms for pay-only entry to make data accessible to all.”

Writer Chris Tilly mentioned: “Libraries are a cornerstone of democracy. They’re at their greatest once they introduce individuals to new concepts, so it’s essential that they current various views and experiences, and supply a variety of revealed work.”

Sean O’Brien of Yale Privateness Lab mentioned: “Simply because the printing press and pamphleteers democratized the sharing of textual content and paintings centuries in the past, we should battle to make sure that 21st Century studying and sharing consists of creation and dissemination of digital copies in addition to backups of books.

Libraries are a public establishment we should always cherish, and librarians have to be supported of their mission to archive and distribute public data and inventive works.”

Poet and author Raina J. León mentioned: “Concepts, creativeness, compassion, neighborhood are the methods of life. Allow us to stroll with that alignment and attunement!”

Writer Jeff Sharlet mentioned: “Libraries saved my life as a younger reader, and I’ve seen them do as a lot and extra for thus many others. At a time when libraries are on the frontlines of fascism’s assault on democracy, it’s of better significance than ever for writers to face in solidarity with librarians in protection of the best to share tales. Democracy gained’t survive with out it.”

Writer Erin Taylor mentioned: “The Web Archive is a public good. Libraries are a public good. Solely probably the most intellectually disadvantaged soul would worth revenue over mass entry to literature and data.”

Writer Kate Bornstein mentioned: “I grew up within the 1950s and 60s. There was no web, however there was the Asbury Park Public Library. That’s the place I found books concerning the Weimar Republic, Magnus Hirschfeld, and American ex patriots dwelling in Paris.

I discovered the phrase invert, and I knew that was me. It was a public library that laid open my horizons. with at the moment’s assaults on LGBTQ individuals, we want libraries now greater than ever.”

Writer Mike Godwin mentioned: “When you think about what number of library patrons will turn out to be (or already are) lifetime guide patrons, the shortsightedness of the publishers who assault libraries and librarians is stark.

Fortuitously for the remainder of us, the librarians by temperament and coaching are used to taking the lengthy view. America, I’m placing my geek shoulder to the wheel in assist of librarians. (The librarians will rapidly catch the allusion.)”

Writer Zin E. Rocklyn mentioned: “We should assist libraries, librarians, and what they stand for: the liberty of various schooling.”

Writer Andrea Vocab Sanderson mentioned: “Illustration is so necessary. Empowering individuals to share their narratives with the biggest viewers doable would be the most impactful for all generations.”

Writer Rafael J. González mentioned: “Libraries are sacrosanct keepers of the phrase; nothing should stand in the way in which of their sacred perform.”

Writer Bruce Edwards mentioned: “Libraries are important to the lifetime of a civilization. As an increasing number of of the inhabitants accesses its info electronically, it’s simply as very important to have free and open entry to digital books as bodily books.

With out entry to the world of concepts and the movement of knowledge, the world will turn out to be barren of freedom of thought and inspiration. Companies are already doing loads to make sure the destruction of the world with their zero-sum ideology.

Libraries – and FREE entry to books – is the one bulwark nearly all of the world has in opposition to the overwhelming thought technique of our time: extra for me, much less for you.”

Writer Jim Alan mentioned: “For many individuals at the moment, libraries are their solely entry to books and data. For a lot of others, reminiscent of myself for instance, they served as matchmakers by introducing readers to new authors.

I found Robert Jordan in such a fashion and now personal the complete Wheel of Time. As a soon-to-be-punished writer, I hope my books are present in the identical method, to turn out to be simply as cherished.

Libraries are probably the most necessary linchpins to a free, honest, and knowledgeable society. They’re hallowed and, dare I say it, storied establishments that needs to be handled with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

Writer Kat Fury mentioned: “As an writer it’s embarrassing to see any publishers behaving on this method. Libraries permit individuals to seek out tales. The enterprise facet follows, a reader for a guide is a reader for one more. The love of studying means usually shopping for books when you’ll be able to. Give entry and it brings cash.”

Writer Victoria Hansen mentioned: “I’m a younger playwright who relies on libraries and open info to put in writing my monologues. If that have been to vanish, I wouldn’t be capable to write the way in which I do.”

Writer Bradford McCormick, Ed.D. mentioned: “Libraries are particularly necessary for individuals who can’t afford to purchase the books they learn and who due to this fact wouldn’t contribute to authors’ royalties even with out libraries, however who could be extra intellectually (spiritually) along with already being financially impoverished, with out libraries.”

Writer Alexander von Essen mentioned: “Struggle additional dismantling of human data! We want extra libraries, no more Amazons!”

Writer Sydney Bredenberg mentioned: “Maintain libraries free. The free dialogue of particular person concepts advantages everybody in a free society.”

Writer Manoj Barpujari mentioned: “Libraries are symbols of human historical past and accomplishments. Libraries characterize civil norms and wonder. Why on earth they shouldn’t be preserved and enhanced as centres of information, studying, aesthetics and reservoirs of what civilisations achieved to this point?”

Writer David Abel mentioned: “As a printed writer, skilled editor, small press writer, and bookstore proprietor for greater than thirty years in states throughout the nation, I’ve seen that libraries are indispensable to the well being of each literature and society as an entire, and so they can’t serve the broad public that want them most with out assist from all quarters — particularly from those that are in the perfect place to assist, not antagonize them.

The company publishers who’re squeezing libraries for digital titles would don’t have any market by any means if not for a century and a half of free public library service.”

Writer Wesley Parish mentioned: “Rising up within the Papua New Guinean bush it started to trouble me about the identical time it started to trouble Jared Diamond and Yali, and an entire lot of different folks in PNG as properly, about why the Europeans have been so significantly better outfitted than the Papua New Guineans.

One facet of the reply, which occurred to me in Excessive College in Canberra a number of years later, was that Europeans have been capable of file info, so they might do issues with it that have been inconceivable with out such info storage within the type of books.

Then later I found that the monastic dissolution ordered by one of many English kings had eradicated a majority of their libraries. And likewise the destruction of the Library of Alexandria had erased a major quantity of details about the previous – primarily ancients’ self-knowledge, as a result of the storage of knowledge had already led to a rise in scientific info.

The parallel between the restraint of commerce within the type of data that these lawsuits characterize, and the burning of bodily libraries at varied instances, is disturbing to ponder.”

Writer Roger Chicken mentioned: “My books are revealed underneath a Artistic Commons Licence so I’ve no objection to non industrial use. The Web Archives are the key supply for my historic analysis.”

Writer Marie Farge mentioned: “Concepts and scientific outcomes aren’t of the identical nature as materials merchandise, as a result of once we share them, we don’t lose them. Information is due to this fact not a product to be bought, however a typical good to be shared freely.”

Writer Stephen Robertson mentioned: “I’ve donated copus of my two books to native libraries. The books encourage individuals to learn. Libraries share data. It’s a win-win for us all, as a result of it opens authors to new readers, and readers to new authors!”

Writer Anna Witoniak mentioned: “For civilisation to flourish all individuals want entry to info and varied factors of view.”

Writer Joe Forrest mentioned: “Tales are meant for everybody, not the privileged. They’re the glue that holds our society collectively. Cease this insanity.”

Writer George Neville-Neil mentioned: “Libraries are how I and most different authors discovered to put in writing. Strangling libraries cuts off the very air that younger and aspiring authors breathe.”

Writer Christine Minton Anderson mentioned: “I train the world and would love my work to be accessible to all. I’m not capable of journey far and extensive to fulfill my eclectic studying pursuits. Libraries and librarians are my heroes.

I selected a college based mostly on the library and one of many highlights of my life was having the ability to spend time within the uncommon books room studying all of Vardis Fisher’s novels. I’d not need to have books like these unavailable to readers.”

Writer and previous president of the Michigan Press Affiliation W. Edward Wendover mentioned: “Publishers who battle libraries are shortsighted or placing income forward of public good. We fought this battle early on with newspaper publishers too.”

Writer Leyla Oya mentioned: “Society can solely develop via schooling. The system is already geared to forestall these in communities from having correct entry to the instruments of studying. Don’t be part of that system.

Permit ALL regardless of their background, race, gender, intercourse and so on. to thrive in the great thing about a library. For the place there are libraries there’s true equality. There’s the chance to thrive, engineer, and create. Give the generations current and future the choice and skill to open their very own doorways in the direction of data.”

Writer B.M. Francisco mentioned: “One of many fondest reminiscences I’ve as a baby goes to the varsity library or the native public library to take a look at a guide. It was so fantastic to examine characters reminiscent of Pippi Longstockings, Madeline, or Charlotte and really feel a reference to them.

To this present day, I nonetheless maintain expensive these darling little white books by Beatrix Potter and the tales she shared by way of the pages of a guide. Please don’t deny future cherished reminiscences from being made just by going to the library.”

Writer Diego Luis Morales Rivera mentioned: “Libraries are indispensable to my analysis as an unbiased scholar. We should shield them, their workers, and the individuals they serve.”

Writer Ann Franchi mentioned: “I’ve found so many nice authors via libraries. Authors whose books I’ve gone on to purchase. Authors whose books I’d by no means have purchased, had it not been for libraries.”

Writer Nakisha Smith mentioned: “It’s heinous to suppose that libraries could be placed on trial! Music was taken out of faculties, ladies’s rights overturned, and now this assault on libraries? Individuals attend faculties to acquire levels in Library Sciences. An individual who would say one thing like this to a library has low regard for social, cultural, and moral values.”

Writer Kezia Thompson mentioned: “Libraries are necessary. I’ve learn most, or all, of the books I’ve drawn inspiration from, from the library. Assist our libraries! We gained’t be the identical with out them.”

Writer Sandra John mentioned: “Libraries have a sacred belief to protect the information of human life and thought. They’re a vital public service. Writer’s have an element to play in that and needs to be supporting, not undermining, libraries. Disgrace on them for placing (unjustifiable) personal income earlier than the general public good.”

Writer Marilyn Montalvo mentioned: “Any try to limit entry to library sources and assortment improvement by any means is in violation of the best to info granted within the Common Declaration of Human Rights and an assault to democracy.”

Writer Jim Dawson mentioned: “The web archive retains the training key to human development alive. The archive actively fosters freedom of thought, which outweighs any pecuniary concern.”

Writer Mary Fitzpatrick mentioned: “My love of studying and my love of the written phrase have been first fostered in a small-town library. Librarians are the saints of literacy, and libraries are the church buildings. ENABLE THEM for a stronger democracy, smarter populace, upward mobility, and richer arts!”

Writer Maude Pagan mentioned: “Books are our future. Librarians are the keepers of the previous, current, and future. Assist individuals to proceed to freely entry books, regardless of the format, in order that humanity could proceed to show and be taught.”

Writer Ariadne Ross mentioned: “The Web Archive is an indispensible useful resource for everybody, however particularly so for these of us who dwell overseas and have little if any entry to books in our native languages.”

Writer Dan Lee mentioned: “Readers who would possibly in any other case not be afforded the flexibility to learn, expertise, and broaden their horizons should have entry with out threats or intimidation from firms and politicians appearing within the curiosity of monetary acquire.”

Writer Renée Hornischfeger mentioned: “Apart from all of the aforementioned causes, allow us to not overlook that libraries are a public place that may convey individuals collectively (Authors for guide signings, college students for research teams, and so on) my father took my siblings and I to libraries once we have been little to A: develope a love for books.

B: have a enjoyable, quiet, protected place to bond (we couldn’t at all times afford amusement parks and the like). Libraries make us all household to some extent, via our mutual love of studying.”

Writer Duygu Nur Arabaci mentioned: “Tutorial texts like articles and books normally are behind exorbitant charges, rendering quite a lot of them inaccessible to the general public. Whereas the authors are normally not being paid something in any respect to put in writing and peer assessment these articles and guide chapters. The income that publishers make shouldn’t be at the price of individuals the textual content is supposed to achieve, and the individuals who create the work.”

Writer Concord Williams mentioned: “Libraries are the pillars of our communities. They’re a solace in instances of want and a technique to open our minds to the realities different individuals face. The truth that publishers see a possibility for revenue in that’s sickening and it has to cease.”

Writer John Day by day mentioned: “Nearly all of my first play, So Lengthy, Mr. Broadway, was written in libraries throughout New York state. Certainly, it’s the place I desire to do most of my writing. As soon as silent sanctums of the “shush!”, libraries at the moment are dwelling, thriving communities, every with its personal character. They should be acknowledged, revered, and preserved.”

Writer Timothy Royce mentioned: “An assault on libraries is an assault on humanity, and humanity wants desperately to evolve previous the selfishness and elitist atrocities perpetuated by capitalism.

Writer Melara Darkish mentioned: “Books are the gateways to different worlds, and libraries are the hub that launches us via these gateways, connecting us not solely to what it means to be human inside ourselves, however what it means to be human within the wider universe.

To shackle and extort libraries is to shackle and deform the quintessential nature of what it means to be human; to erase the valuable decorations we add to our lives that make it so we will thrive and never simply survive.”

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