Wednesday, May 11, 2011

"By hiding between the covers of a book"

Via Alan Jacobs, E.B. White on why a library is a good place:
A library is many things. It's a place to go, to get in out of the rain. It's a place to go if you want to sit and think. But particularly it is a place where books live, and where you can get in touch with other people, and other thoughts, through books. .... Books hold most of the secrets of the world, most of the thoughts that men and women have had. And when you are reading a book, you and the author are alone together — just the two of you. A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people — people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.
Many other letters in addition to White's here sent by well-known authors in 1971 upon the occasion of the opening of a library in Troy, Michigan.

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