Friends of the Richmond Public Library

  • Throughout my formal education I spent many, many hours in public and school libraries. Libraries became courts of last resort, as it were. The current definitive answer to almost any question can be found within the four walls of most libraries.

    Arthur Ashe, tennis champion & human rights activist

  • When I got my library card, that’s when my life began.

    Rita Mae Brown, writer

  • I’m of a fearsome mind to throw my arms around every living librarian who crosses my path, on behalf of the souls they never knew they saved.

    Barbara Kingsolver, Virginia author

  • I’ve had a lifelong love affair with libraries, and will forever be grateful, as a fan of literature and a professional writer, for the wide-reaching impact of hardworking, passionate librarians.

    Holly Schindler, author

  • The public library is one of the great strongholds of democracy. Who doesn’t love a library? It is a place you can go in any town and discover the world.

    Pat MacEnulty, author

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