I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library. For an impoverished child whose family could not afford to buy books, the library was the open door to wonder and achievement, and I can never be sufficiently grateful that I had the wit to charge through that door and make the most of it.

Now, when I read constantly about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that the door is closing and that American society has found one more way to destroy itself.

(from Chapter 8, "Library", of I. Asimov: A Memoir by Isaac Asimov; cf. Boston Public Library (20 Jun 2002), ...)

TopicLiterature - TopicSociety - TopicLife - TopicLearning - TopicLibraries - 2007-12-28

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