“When I got my library card, that’s when my life began.” Rita Mae Brown
I was especially thrilled since I know the impact libraries can have on people. Years ago, in my Southern California neighborhood, there was a homeless woman who lived out of her car. I’ll never forget the rusted and dented golden-colored station wagon with its missing hubcaps. The interior was piled so high with clothes and boxes that I’m sure she couldn’t see out the back window.
One morning on my way to work I noticed the car parked in front of the library. I saw an older, rather worn out looking woman standing outside perhaps waiting for the doors to open. When I returned in the evening, her car was still parked there. Maybe she needed a safe, cool place to spend the day.
A year later, there was anticipation and excited buzz in the neighborhood as Mary prepared to take the GED. On test day everyone held their breath. Could she do it? A few weeks later Mary found out she had passed. A large “hurrah” went up. Everyone was proud and touched.
And it all started with a library open to everyone and one determined woman.
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