Troy Public Library in Michigan has barely avoided closure and they are displaying some of their collection of letters from leading lights and authors. They’re charming and lovely.
Check them out here:
A library is many things
via Letters of Note
Here’s a sample:
16 March 1971
Dear Boys and Girls,
Congratulations on the new library, because it isn’t just a library. It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you—and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life.
(Signed, ‘Isaac Asimov’)
7301 Encelia Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Dear Children of Troy:
That’s the advice of your good friend, Dr. Seuss”
In Texas a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Daniel Handler / Lemony Snicket and awesome illustrator Maira Kalman. They generously spent a long time with a group of middle and high schoolers that I had just done a session with. The yung adults loved it! My experience is that authors are very giving for kids and libraries.
Now, do you request letters from local and major authors to enhance your branch openings and events? This is a great idea and is expecially charming, as seen here, when the letters are addressed to kids about libraries.