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2017-04-13

A Thought for the Week

by John M Grimes

Nowadays it isn't the little red schoolhouse one comes upon, but the little-read schoolboy." - Cy N. Peace

Reading is magic. It enables us to experience and ponder the past. It helps us to live more happily and wisely in the present. And it permits us to cope with the future . . .

Dwight D. Eisenhower, some years back, was quoted as saying . . . "History records how the living ideas of civilization were saved and nourished behind a wall of books. Our libraries today serve the same cause, for the defenders of freedom must remain strong in mind and heart. From the famous metropolitan libraries of America to the bookmobiles that serve our rural areas, books guard the wisdom of the past and kindle the ideas of tomorrow."
To the little-read schoolboy may we say . . . There may be very few little red-schoolhouses left in America today, but remember . . . so long as there exist public libraries and dedicated librarians there is access to cures, to truths, to understandings, to peaceful pursuits, and to new challenges in the American tradition.