Brad Meltzer – “My grandmother recently passed away, and when it came time to write her eulogy, my sister and I spoke about dozens of different memories. But there was one memory that was so vivid to both of us: When my grandmother took us to get our first library cards. We both had an almost silly pride in those cards. Back then, we didn’t have money, but those cards gave us books, which served as passports to a better life.
In my Brooklyn Public Library, my life was changed. Enlarged. Yes, I can now say it helped me become an author. But what was far more important was that it helped expand the way I viewed the world. There were suddenly places to go, adventures to be had.”