To the Editor:

In the New York Times’ book review of Oct. 21, 2018, Reading Room/In Praise of Libraries, seven famous and popular authors wrote about their appreciation and respect for the libraries that have inspired and cultivated them to become authors.

In his story, Neil Gaiman said, “If there is a heaven, it’s a library.” Barbara Kingsolver described a library as a “temple.” Amy Tan shared how borrowing books at the library helped her understand how “free meant freedom” in her childhood.

Kiese Layman writes about reading “something that makes me feel good” at the library. Diana Abu-Jaber describes how “free of charge, (a library) offers us the weight of starlight, the light of the moon and the music of uninterrupted imagination.”

And Chris Bohjalian writes of how people across America came together to help a small town in Vermont rebuild its library following a flood: “It’s not merely that libraries connect us to books. It’s that they connect us to one another.”

Libraries have given the young, the middle and the old a place to explore, be inspired, learn and grow.

Please vote “yes” to the expansion and renovation of the New Milford Public Library.

Lorraine Ryan

New Milford