ALA Midwinter Meeting 2013Caroline Kennedy, author, President of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, and daughter of JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, gave the keynote speech at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting 2013 this past Sunday. In her speech, she stressed the importance of libraries, books, and reading in communities. She talked about “how great works of literature can knit us together” and praised libraries as hallmarks of a great civilization. She noted that despite the fact that 77 million people used a public library last year, the average state only allocated $8 per resident (not enough for a single book to be purchased!)! She ended by stating that “the gift of knowledge is the greatest gift we can give to one another,” and called librarians the most committed civil activists.

Read a couple of first-hand accounts of Caroline Kennedy’s speech:

Caroline Kennedy is releasing a new anthology, Poems to Learn by Heart (illustrated by OtLS favorite Jon J Muth) in March of this year.

 

Borrow. Read. Return. Repeat.