Ray Bradbury and I shared in common a deep love and appreciation of libraries. Last spring, after a run of speaking engagements at public schools across the country, I noticed a disconcerting trend at high schools. Librarian positions were being eliminated at a frightening rate. I wrote about this for the Chicago Tribune and was amazed by the response from teachers, librarians and bibliophiles everywhere. The American Library Association quoted it in their official magazine. The American Association of School Librarians blasted it out on their social media feeds. British illustrator and Observer political cartoonist Chris Riddell even drew a beautiful sketch inspired by my essay.

Like Ray Bradbury, I love libraries. They are under fire lately for many reasons. But they are central to an educated society. I have to think Ray would be happy I am carrying on the fight without him.