"The ALA's promotion of learning through public programs has been highly influential in the public sphere. [These programs] remind people, often those who have been long out of school, about how valuable their earlier humanistic education remains as a base of understanding and a resource to which they can turn throughout life. I believe this is crucial to the health of the Humanities."
-- Diane Wood Middlebrook, best-selling author of Her Husband: Ted Hughes & Sylvia Plath, a Marriage and Suits Me: the Double Life of Billy Tipton and Anne Sexton, a Biography; Former Professor of English, Stanford University
"We count on ALA's Public Programs Office to continue to produce model programs on important issues and enduring themes for a public dialogue. We count on access to ALA-sponsored training for our staff and scholars to present these programs. And we count on ALA to help us to continue reaching new program audiences."
-- Natalie Weikart, Coordinator of Adult Programming, Coordinator of the Maryland Center for the Book
"It is a superb idea to establish the Cultural Communities Fund, in order to develop model programs, and offer training as well as financial and technical resources to libraries so that they can best present sensitive, intelligent cultural programs that enrich our complex society."
-- Ilan Stavans, host of WGBH's Conversations with Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture; Five-College 40th Anniversary Distinguished Professor, Amherst College
"ALA's influence has greatly enhanced and helped create our library's role as a community cultural center. It would be difficult to overestimate the value our library and community have received from the leadership of the Public Programs Office. With our programming we have created community partnerships with the public schools, the university, the regional arts center, Wisconsin Public Radio and regional writers. Thanks to ALA's Cultural Communities Fund, these connections will continue to expand."
-- Mildred N. Larson, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
"ALA must succeed in establishing the Cultural Communities Fund as a national foundation of support for public programming. If you believe that libraries are essential to the cultural life of our communities, we need your help."
-- Deborah L. Jacobs, City Librarian, The Seattle Public Library
"At the heart of the Frankenstein exhibit is the question of what it means to be human and to be part of the human community. The development of model programs for bringing these humanistic themes to the broader reading public...will be welcomed by librarians without access to the resources of better-endowed institutions. The creation of the Cultural Communities Fund is an important contribution to broadcasting humanities scholarship to Americans of diverse backgrounds, diverse educations and diverse resources."
-- Susan E. Lederer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine
"The Cultural Communities Fund will greatly advance the work of libraries as community sites where people of all backgrounds come together to explore the cultural and social issues of today's world."
-- Stu Wilson, Director of Public Awareness and Communication, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
"The importance of libraries in our society cannot be overstated. As we attempt to gain a better understanding of who we are, and where we are going as a nation, our libraries must play a pivotal role in encouraging dialogue among its citizenry. The Cultural Communities Fund will support library programs that build bridges between people. This strengthens the democratic foundation of our country."
-- E. Ethelbert Miller, Director, African American Resource Center at Howard University; Author, Poet, Literary Activist
"I am happy to contribute to the Cultural Communities Fund. Over the years, our library has benefited greatly from the efforts of the ALA's Public Programs Office. It is a great group to work with and I have enjoyed our association – they are helpful, responsive, and committed to libraries and the humanities. I only wish to further that goal."
-- Margaret Clark, Adult Programs Supervisor, Kansas City Public Library
"From a huge outdoor jazz concert, Gala reception, film series, lectures and much more, thousands in our community reaped the benefits of this informative, entertaining exhibit. As project director, I relied on the Public Programs Office for the training, materials, and support I needed to bring this wonderful program to Paducah."
-- Bobbie Wrinkle, Adult Service Librarian, McCracken County Public Library (recipient of the traveling exhibition Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington), Paducah, Kentucky
"I cannot overstate the excellence and importance of the library program PRIME TIME. As a child growing up in a rural reservation community, I did not have access to libraries, and did not know that I could have a library card. I believe that programs like PRIME TIME, with its unique outreach design and use of both oral and written traditions, have the capacity to impact the lives of children and families nationwide."
-- Bertney Langley, President, Bayou Indian Enterprises; Storyteller, South St. Landry Community Library, Louisiana, PRIME TIME family reading time initiative
"As a documentarian, I believe that the study of history is the best way to learn about the present and future, as well as the past. The library has always been there to fill research needs for students, scholars, authors and artists. By taking on the role of a community cultural center, libraries are now helping engage people in history in new ways by bringing them together for interactive programming experiences. I applaud the ALA Public Programs Office and its Cultural Communities Fund, not only for bringing films to library audiences, but also for encouraging discussion and debate among citizens of all ages."
-- Ken Burns, Documentary Filmmaker, Walpole, New Hampshire, May 25, 2006
"I attended several Frankenstein programs at the library and was amazed to see the number of community members, college faculty and staff, and students attending. It is wonderful to see how an exhibit like this can bring everyone together to exchange ideas. What a joyous experience!"
-- Student, Musselman Library (recipient of the traveling exhibit Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature), Gettysburg College, Gettysburgh, Pennsylvania
"Throughout my life, I've loved libraries for the role they play opening worlds and doors to everyone. Libraries are a place to think, to question, to find inspiration, and to grow. By bringing arts and humanities programs to libraries, ALA is broadening access to culture in our country, getting communities in touch with each other, and breathing life into art, literature and poetry. I support ALA's efforts to build the Cultural Communities Fund, and the work of librarians making cultural opportunities freely available."
-- Anna Deavere Smith, Actor, Teacher, Playwright, Author; Founder and Director, Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue