My hero is Thomas Jefferson. Not so much because he is one of our "Founding Fathers", but because this man spent himself into near-bankruptcy by purchasing---books! Fiction and Non-fiction. Scientific treatises, philosophical debates, poetry, novels. Classics and contemporary works. Books in many languages. Books from all over the world. And he read every one of them. His collection became the foundation of our National Library of Congress.
Then there was Benjamin Franklin, publisher as well as author, who was once asked, "Of all men, whom do you most pity?" His reply: "A lonely man on a rainy night who does not know how to read."
The SC State Library Foundation is committed to lifelong learning, to human communication in many forms, and to the power of libraries to create communities prepared to meet the challenges of an uncertain future. Not just to cope, but to be enriched, nurtured into full potential, connected to the past while energized for whatever comes next.
Libraries are an exciting place. Gee, what an understatement!
Chair, South Carolina State Library Foundation
South Carolina State Library Foundation
Post Office Box 9509
Columbia, SC 25290