“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.”
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