This week is National Library Week, and we are delighted to dedicate a week to honoring spaces that hold stories that shape us. Listen to a collection of stories that celebrate libraries and the many ways they have inspired us.
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The Temple of Knowledge
Ronald Clark’s father was custodian of a New York Public Library branch during a time when caretakers and their families lived on-premises. Ronald recalls how a childhood surrounded by books expanded his horizons.
Eyes on the Stars
Ronald E. McNair was a physicist aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger when it exploded seconds after takeoff. His brother remembers how Ronald spent his life challenging societal norms, starting when he was nine years old at the Lake City Public Library.
The Treasures of Mrs. Grady’s Library
Judge Olly Neal recounts how a book cover — and a little nudge from two helpful librarians — turned him around academically and changed the course of his life.
Storm Reyes was working full-time at a migrant work camp at age 8. She remembers the day a bookmobile arrived, and the world was suddenly at her fingertips.
A Love Story in 10,000 Books
Alagappa Rammohan has amassed enough books over the course of his life to fill a small library. He shares with his daughter, Paru Venkat, his love for the written word.
For the Love of Books: One Librarian Makes All the Difference
Brooklyn Public Library serves an incredibly broad community of over 2.5 million people. Richelet Jean and his young daughter Abigail give thanks to local librarian Hasina Islam for igniting Abigail’s love of reading.
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