Monday, May 23, 2011

BOOK

Book is a four letter word.

100 years ago today, the New York Public Library officially dedicated its new building and reading room. The next day, the doors opened to the public to access the treasures stored within.  That is an important point - "to the public".  While there are many research libraries that will store their holdings for a select group of researchers (and the New York Public Library does have closed collections), a library is most valuable when its contents are available to all who come to seek its knowledge.  This represents the true hallmark of civilization - the availability of knowledge to all who pursue it, and the good deeds that can come out of acquiring and sharing that knowledge.

Celebrate your access to knowledge.  Read a book today.