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Volume II, Issue 4

Compliments of the Friends of the Library

October-December 2001

Public Libraries: 
Cornerstones of  Democracy
A democratic society depends upon an informed and educated citizenry.

A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
-- James MADISON

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

The public library has been historically a vital instrument of democracy and opportunity in the United States.... Our history has been greatly shaped by people who read their way to opportunity and achievements in public libraries.

-- Arthur Meier SCHLESINGER
Boy reading with flag.
My mother and my father were illiterate immigrants from Russia. When I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building and take a book on any subject. They couldn't believe this access to knowledge we have here in America. They couldn't believe that it was free.

Information is the currency of democracy.

-- Thomas JEFFERSON 

Dr. Clyde McCants.
Dr. Clyde T. McCants

McCants Article in National Publication

Dr. Clyde T. McCants, Chairman of the Fairfield County Library Commission, is the author of an article which appears in the September/October 2001 issue of Public Libraries.  The title of the article is "Filling the Verdi Vacuum."  The article gives public libraries guidance in acquiring a complete collection of the recordings of Verdi.  Public Libraries is the publication of the Public Library Association.
Dr. Clyde's encyclopedic knowledge of opera and his enthusiasm for Verdi are well-known to Winnsboro residents who have been treated to several of his programs here at the library.  It's exciting that now folks all over the United States will have the pleasure of his company!

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