Li­braries are the birth­place of dreams

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Roland Ni­chol­son Jr., Wash­ing­ton

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s elec­tion broke a thick glass ceil­ing, and we are all bet­ter off from his hav­ing been pres­i­dent. He broke an­other ceil­ing in nam­ing the Pratt’s own Carla Hayden to lead the Li­brary of Congress (“New li­brar­ian of Congress Carla Hayden tak­ing over or­ga­ni­za­tion in tur­moil,” Sept. 14).

The Se­nate has con­firmed her as the first woman to serve as li­brar­ian of Congress, and I hope to be in Wash­ing­ton for her swear­ing-in.

Dur­ing my child­hood, the books on the shelves at the Wal­brook branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Pub­lic Li­brary were iden­ti­cal to those at the Roland Park branch, and dreams grew in those li­braries.

Thank you, Mr. Pres­i­dent. If you ever want some­one to draft emer­gency leg­is­la­tion that would sus­pend the Con­sti­tu­tion to al­low you to serve a third term, I’ve al­ready pre­pared a draft and me­moran­dum of sup­port. Just call.

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