I recently had the pleasure of hearing a speaker at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2005 who rocked my world. We heard 22-year-old Craig Kielburger—three-time Nobel Prize nominee and founder of the Me to We Foundation [http://www.metowe.org
], Free the Children [http://www.freethechildren.com
], and Leaders Today [http://www.leaderstoday.com
]. He told stories about the impact of libraries early in his life. He also told powerful stories that talked about the impact of one person on another's life and the power of working together.
I was particularly impressed by two personal tales. At 12 years old, Kielburger attempted to save the local library in Thornhill, Ontario. When he heard that the local council was about to decide to shut down his local branch, he and a friend got on their bikes and rode down to the city council meeting to be heard—and they were. They stood before the council and explained that there was no other branch within a bike ride of their homes and that they needed the library to study and do homework.
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