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THE SOUL MUST SPEAK, AND LONGS TO BE HEARD

TEMPLES OF ALL GOOD THINGS

What is it about libraries? They're such cool places. The Chapel Hill Library just hosted an Author Tea for me, and it was a wonderfully enjoyable event (see Newsletter.)

The house I grew up in was a bit like a library, with bookshelves in just about every room, and voracious readers of all ages sprawled with books on chairs and sofas, off in a world created by written words on pages, freshly brought to life by the readers' imaginations.

My grade school classrooms had small libraries in the back--mostly bios of famous people; I read through them all and was given a pass to the real library down the hall, for more. In junior high I carried home stacks of books, and in high school made friends with my town's William Alexander Percy Memorial Library -- which has now added a copy of my novel to their Greenville Writers Collection.

As an adult, I've been a heavy library user whereever I've lived, and am now enjoying the Chapel Hill Library, which has an excellent collection of books, and plenty of great magazines, too, in a pleasant setting.

Gateway to the Stars, Portal to the Universe, repository of book-shaped missives from minds and souls who've gone before and those carrying on the literary dialog today -- There's nothing like a good library to open up the past and future, known world, and every dimension of imagination.
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