Sunday, April 20, 2008
Better Late Than Never (Is That A Poor Richard Quotation?)
Why am I posting this image of ol’ Ben? Is it some sly reference to this being just a few days after April 15 and Mr. Franklin’s famous remark about death and taxes? Not exactly. Thanks to my ridiculously busy schedule National Library Week 2008 slid past without a celebratory post here at Tulgey Wood. Even though this is a day late (National Library Week ended yesterday, Saturday April 19) I thought I’d still blog an observance. So here’s a book featuring the founder of the first Public Library in the United States, and no, I don’t mean Amos Mouse. Let this 1953 Little Golden Book with its delightful cover by veteran Disney artist Campbell Grant serve as a reminder that the Public Library is one of the great underused and underappreciated resources of our nation, not to mention part of the foundation of a free, literate and educated society, if only we choose to use and support it. Please don’t wait for National Library Week to roll around again. Celebrate this year (incidentally 2008 marks the National Library Week’s 50th anniversary) by visiting your local library and borrowing a book, DVD or CD, or browsing a newspaper or magazine. As for this wonderful Little Golden Book, who knows? Perhaps you can even find this gem in your Public Library. If you can’t, it will be just about the only thing you won’t find there.