“I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.” Ray Bradbury

Soaking up words in close quarters.

Soaking up words in close quarters.

After a month of turmoil, unemployment, sick animals, writing dead-ends and slugs on the potato plants, I’m itching to spend a glorious day out of the heat at the public library to peruse files of long forgotten people, steal their spirits and bring them home with that satisfied feeling that I’ve learned something. Even as the world goes mad and evil takes strong footholds, something in us  produces books and free libraries.

How about you? What’s your fondest memory of a public library?

Smiles and Books

Smiles and Books

“People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.” Saul Bellow

http://mentalfloss.com/article/51788/62-worlds-most-beautiful-libraries