The Bookseller, 25.11.08
Gibbons has described the speech, made to the American Library Association annual conference, as "a brilliant rebuttal of the philistinism of all the book-burners who would make librarians redundant or close libraries".
In the speech, Obama stated, "We have to get books into our children’s hands early and often”, and described the library as "a window to a larger world, the place where we’ve always come to discover big ideas and profound concepts".
He concluded: "At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better."
Gibbons on Obama