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What I Know: Knowledge is Free at the Library

By Carollyn Lee Peerman

 Carollyn Lee PearlmanWhy do I love libraries so much? Maybe it is because I think of the librarian as my best friend. The librarian helps me in so many ways. He or she finds special books for me. My questions are always answered. The librarian never fails to be resourceful and kind.

There are two things in life that will influence you: the books you read and the people you meet. Therefore, since life is so short, determine that you will meet the best people and read the best books. If you do just that much, you will have come a long way. Acquire stimulating books and acquire faithful friends.

Did you know that a good library is a great kingdom? Add a library to your house and you give your house a soul. A library is the diary of the human race. Your library is not a luxury; it is a necessity. It is your duty to have books-not just to have books but to use them. Put a Bible and a dictionary in your library. “Money invested in a library gives much better returns than mining stock,” wrote Sir William Osler. “The student has his Rome, his Florence, his whole glowing Italy, within the four walls of his library. He has in his books the ruins of an antique world and the glories of a modern one,” says Longfellow

Engraved in stone high above the giant doors of my college library were written the unforgettable words: “All books can be divided into two classes. They are the books of the hour and the books of all time.” You will want some of both in your library. Some books are for wisdom, piety, delight, or use. You are as responsible for the books you read as for what you do. “Every good book is a magic force that lifts the reader out of himself and his workaday world,” wrote Edgar F. Magnin. A good book will excite you to self activity; a good book will nourish your mind. Learn every day and you will never be bored.

Be a lover of books and you will be the richest and happiest of all people.

You will learn how to live. You will grab a hold of the choicest thoughts of the ablest men in their best dress. You will find consolation in the troubles of life. Above all, you will learn to think. “The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking,” wrote Christopher Morley.

“Except a living man there is nothing more wonderful than a book!–a message to us from the dead–from human souls we never saw, and who lived perhaps thousands of miles away; and yet these words on those little sheets of paper speak to us, amuse us, and comfort us,” wrote Kingsley. Read a book today.

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