Reading for Life: A Profile of Oprah Winfrey

By Leonard Kniffel

Oprah Winfrey

“I don’t believe in failure,” Oprah Winfrey has said, and when you talk about celebrities who influence reading, who among them has had more of an impact on American reading habits than this extraordinary television talk-show host? The ways Oprah Winfrey has supported the programs, the mission, and the success of libraries in the United States are legion….

Read the entire profile “Reading for Life” at and American Libraries, May 25, 2011. The article is excerpted from Reading with the Stars: A Celebration of Books and Libraries.


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