Caroline Kennedy : Libraries Are 'Tabernacles of Personal Freedom'


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Video of Kennedy's speech at ALA Midwinter Meeting is available online.

As part of the Auditorium Speaker Series at the American Library Association’s 2013 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Caroline Kennedy, Honorary Chair of 2013 National Library Week, spoke to an enthusiastic crowd about her passion for libraries and the role that reading and poetry  has played in her family members' lives.

Kennedy said that all types of  libraries are, “tabernacles of personal freedom: freedom of thought, freedom of expression,  freedom of opportunity and the  true test of liberty – freedom to dissent,” and noted that, “Libraries have a critical role in teaching the higher order thinking skills that students need under the Common Core curriculum, and the research techniques  and analytics that are so critical in the information age.”

Video of Caroline Kennedy’s speech is available online.

Celebrate National Library Week  2013 (April 14-20) with Honorary Chair Caroline Kennedy. View 2013 National Library Week Public Service Announcement featuring Caroline Kennedy.

 

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Photo of Caroline Kennedy by Tom Fitzsimmons.

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