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Walls of Words

Words on the Wall

 Words on the Wall

Entry / 1st Floor glass panels

  • There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration. Andrew Carnegie

Circulation / 1st Floor glass panels

  • We read to know we are not alone. C. S. Lewis
  • None is poor, save him that lacks Knowledge. The Talmud
  • Without libraries what have we?
    We have no past and no future. Ray Bradbury     
  • A library is not a luxury but one of the
    necessities of life. Henry Ward Beecher
  • Man’s mind, once stretched by a new 
    idea, never regains its original dimension. Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Never believe that a few caring people
    can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have. Margaret Mead

Youth / 1st Floor glass panels

  • A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. Chinese proverb
  • The more that you read, the more things you’ll know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. Dr. Seuss
  • It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. e.e. cummings
  • Books may well be the only true magic. Alice Hoffman
  • Believe in your dreams. Georgia O’Keefe
  • The time is always right to do what is right. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stairway / 2nd Floor glass panels

  • The current definitive answer to almost any question can be found within the four walls of most libraries. Arthur Ashe
  • I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it. Voltaire
  • A democratic society depends upon an informed and educated citizenry. Thomas Jefferson
  • Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. Carl Sandburg
  • It’s better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness. Confucius
  • I believe that we should all know each other, we human carriers of so many pleasurable differences. Gwendolyn Brooks

Periodicals / 2nd Floor glass panels

  • I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou
  • Education is the best provision for the journey to old age. Aristotle
  • Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers. Charles W. Eliot
  • Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. Abraham Lincoln
  • The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them. Mark Twain
  • The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum. Adlai Stevenson
  • My community is always at the center of what I do, as inspiration, reason, and hope. Nydia Vel’azquez

Lower Stairwell Wall

  • A good book is the purest essence of a human soul. Thomas Carlyle
  • Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Richard Steele
  • A family library is a breeding-place of character. Graham Greene
  • Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest. Lady Bird Johnson
  • There is no Frigate like a Book/To take us Lands away. Emily Dickinson