Donald from Broadview Heights, Ohio

Libraries have been an integral part of my life for over seven decades.  As a child, I was entranced by the smells, the whispers, and the treasures in the stacks of our local Carnegie branch in Pittsburgh.

 Library books preoccupied me as a nine-year-old bedridden for months with rheumatic fever.  The frontis pages and the tales of Grimm, Anderson, and le morte d'Arthur lifted me to other places and times.  I have since resided in New York, Boston, Chicago, Montreal, and now Cleveland, in all locations a regular patron of the libraries.

All were wonderful and intellectually fulfilling experiences, but  I still remember with everlasting gratitude my childhood days  transformed by the Carnegie library in Pittsburgh.