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!