April Halprin Wayland

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New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story

New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story

Manhattan Beach, California

"The other day my Mexican friend asked me if she could borrow a book on U.S. history to study to become a citizen. I told her that I didn't have a recent one, but that she could go to the library. She looked at me blankly. I took out a map and showed her where the nearest library was -- she knew the building. What she didn't know was that with her residence card she could get a library card and check out books. Books to help her become a citizen. Books for her 3-year-old son. Books for pleasure reading. 'For free?' she asked incredulously. It was then that I nearly got on my knees to Ben Franklin. Thank you, Ben! I don't think I'd ever really thought about what it would be like to live in a country that didn't have libraries."