Inspiring Stories

“If the founding fathers came back to this country(USA) in this day and age, one of the things that would just thrill would be our public library system. . . Now there is a library in every town, every city, everywhere in the country. [The library] is the pure expression of democracy. . . . It is open to everybody and it’s all free. No other country in the world has anything like our public library system. . . .If you get down about the state of American culture, just remember there are still more public libraries in this country than there are McDonalds.”

-David McCullough,

[ American author, narrator, historian, lecturer, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian award ]

Inspiring success stories of libraries:

  1. Strong Libraries Build Strong Communities: Providing Internet – Access in Latvia’s Public Libraries
  2. Libraries: Opening Doors and Creating Possibilities[ See how computers and Internet access are putting job-seekers in South Carolina into the workforce ]
  3. Library branches in New York City as community centers
  4. Education and Empowerment at the New York Public Library
  5. Texas Public Libraries: Economic Benefits and Return on Investment
  6. Georgia’s Public Libraries, 2006 Documentary
  7. Phoenix Public Library Guided Tour
  8. Libraries bridging the digital divide
  9. Librarian + Internet = Better Tomatoes [ Gates Foundation ]
  10. Effects of introducing Internet at a village public library in Ukraine [ Gates Foundation ]
  11. Vivek Pathagara, Rajsunakhala, Nayagarh
  12. Library At Beleswarpatna, Puri
  13. Public Library Tour, Pasadena, CA, USA
Short video messages on importance of public libraries in community development