Bradbury to the Rescue

The New York Times recently published a wonderful article about a local resident who is going to bat for his local library in California, and trying to raise money to close large funding gaps. You will probably recognize Ray Bradbury’s name, and should definitely recognize Fahrenheit 451, the title of one of his most famous works.  Some of his more colorful statements are based on his life experiences, and one of my favorite quotes follows:

“Libraries raised me,” Mr. Bradbury said. “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.”

What makes this statement so profound is it applicability to today’s depressed economy.  It shows how local libraries, who are facing major fiscal cuts across the United States, are frequently the only option of education for those who can not afford higher education.  Current high school graduates may tell of similar experiences years down the road & the role that their local libraries played in their lives; another Ray Bradbury may be the works as we speak!

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on June 25, 2009, in Libraries and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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