Last night I was fortunate to attend a farewell reception for Mayor Richard Daley. I asked the following question:
“As a director of a public library, I am aware of your advocacy for public libraries. I believe you have built more public libraries than any other mayor. Can you tell us how you became interested in the mission of public libraries in the City of Chicago?”
He replied that “libraries are the anchor of a community. “ They are open long hours and 6 or 7 days a week. Everyone can use the materials and the computers. He launched into descriptions of the partnerships that the schools and libraries have forged and the mentoring programs that are in the libraries. We are losing a national spokesperson for the importance of public libraries.