Dear Library: From Nancy

Dear Library,

Using the library has been a joyful lifetime habit for me. Access to an endless supply of new books was always an attraction. The librarians introduced me to such authors as Eleanor Estes, Lois Lenski, and Pearl Buck, and these and many others expanded my experience and world and created “experiences” as children laborers in migrant labor operations or working in the rice paddies. As a child I walked to the Camden branch of the Minneapolis Public Library and viewed the Egyptian mummy and planetarium at the main library. But my clearest memory was the arrival of the bookmobile a block away. When I climbed its stairs I found a librarian who allowed me to check out historical novels from the adult section and any book that appealed to me. I flourished in that freedom and opportunity. That experience helped me to understand the basic importance of library usage in the development of independent thought and the information needed to support our democracy.

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