“Letter to the LaSalle Library, LaSalle, Ill ” (ghostwriting for Stephen J. Cannell)
Centuries ago, average citizens didn’t have access to knowledge, and thus, were easy to control. When the masses are educated, they ask questions; they keep the government in line. This is why public libraries are crucial for a free society.
Libraries level the playing field, they give everyone a chance to learn about the world and possibly change it. From mystery novels to history books, libraries offer an escape from today and a dream for tomorrow.
The next time you pick up a book in a library, you might be solving a crime with Shane Scully in Los Angeles, or learning about the struggle for civil rights in Selma , Alabama. The library is not for the timid or meek, this is where the action is.
When a library opens its doors, it’s opening up opportunity, knowledge and, ultimately, empowerment. One-hundred years ago, the LaSalle Public Library opened its doors, giving people a chance to travel wherever their imaginations could take them. That’s more than just public service, that’s changing lives.
I congratulate the LaSalle Public Library on its first hundred years and wish it many more.
Stephen J. Cannell