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Keeping “Public” In Our Libraries in Amherst, MA


Capital "L" for "Library" from Wikimedia Commons

ast Sunday Glenn Smith wrote a fine post, ‘“The Public” Disappears‘ (May 15, 2011). In response, I wrote the following email to the Fort Worth Library.

Dear Fort Worth Library,

Though a trustee of the Jones Library in Amherst, MA (photo), I lived for a year and a half in Dallas and know a little of its and Fort Worth’s notable cultural life.

The Jones Library is a free public library, and proud of it. Here’s an image of the banner that our facade will shortly sport:

Here’s what it will look like on the building:  <photo included here>

In a country of the people, by the people, and for the people, serving all of the people is — you’ll pardon this, I’m sure — a noble calling.

I look forward to Fort Worth’s reclaiming the honor.


Sarah McKee
Amherst, MA

P.S. For those reading this post, The Jones Library, Inc., a free public library in which Robert Frost wrote and which still houses little blue flowers grown and pressed by Emily Dickinson is seeking a Library Director. If you are interested, have the appropriate library sciences degree and eight years of progressive management experience, Amherst, MA is accepting applications due by 4:30 ET here.

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