With the help of libraries, I published a book—3 different editions—and created a profitable web site.
Fourteen years ago, my husband and I attended a library book sale and were discussing how we could find other sales. Our family had relied on libraries—and library book sales—throughout our sons' school years, but now our sons had careers of their own—my work was finished. It was just the two of us, and book sales were still a weekend ritual.
Three years ago I started my own business, ScooterFood LLC, a homemade dog food manufacturing company inspired by my dog, Scooter Mae (left). I’m happy to say that in 2007, ScooterFood is a thriving business but at the beginning I was a complete novice—and out of work. I had the entrepreneurial spirit but no expertise. I had no money. But I did have my public library card.
“You should do this as a business!” That's what I repeatedly heard from family, friends, and co-workers as I helped them get organized at home and at the office. Organizing was something I enjoyed doing and came naturally to me, so helping others clear clutter and make great use of their space was more fun than a favor. But my background was in theatre, not business, so what did I know about running a business?
My guess is (it will be) about 300 years until computers are as good as, say, your local reference library in search. Craig Silverstein, director of technology, Google.com
One of the greatest gifts my brother and I received from my mother was her love of literature and language. With their boundless energy, libraries open the door to these worlds and so many others. I urge young and old alike to embrace all that libraries have to offer. Caroline Kennedy