Ray Bradbury:“I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college. People should educate themselves — you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library, and I’d written a thousand stories.”
In 1971, Marguerite Hart, the first children’s librarian at the Troy Public Library, contacted a number of public figures asking them to write about the importance of libraries and about their experiences of reading. This was author E. B. White’s response.
Reading is an exploratory learning tool that can teach, heal, and enlighten. Novels can send a person on an adventure and travel back in time, whereas scientific books, essays, or journals relay factual information in particular areas of study. Spiritual or religious works touch at the depths of the soul delivering instructive ways to find peace in times of need. Reading materials of any kind offer the possibility to escape and most importantly broaden one’s scope of knowledge.