"There is no harm in society periodically asking itself which services should be publicly funded, and how they should be run, but it is a foolhardy notion that a modern economy would wantonly abandon resources that support learning and help build our potential as human beings," he said. "We are at a critical time. A time for big thinking, not big mistakes that would set the country back and harm the most disadvantaged who need the best possible libraries and free access to books."
--Andrew Motion, quoted in The Guardian, June 11, 2010
Our Kansas State Librarian, Jo Budler, found this link to an article about the British poet's vigorous support of libraries.
"All librarians should read this article. Now here is a man who really understands the potential and value of libraries! --Jo"