Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 14:12:05 +0200
Barack Obama on Public Libraries 
- [22 December 2008] In 2005, Barack Obama told American Libraries magazine:
People always mention libraries in terms of just being sources for reading material or research. But I probably would not be in Chicago were it not for the Manhattan public library, because I was looking for an organizing job and was having great trouble finding a job as a community organizer in New York.
The Mid-Manhattan Library had these books of lists of organizations, and the librarian helped me find these lists of organizations, and I wrote to every organization. One of them wound up being an organization in Chicago that I got a job with.
The help is still there, and in even greater sophistication. Check it out.