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Graduation Leads to Lifelong Learning | May 2017

Are you looking for an inspirational message for a recent graduate, or maybe for yourself, about living your best life? Perhaps one of the following will inspire you or someone you know to reach higher and pursue lifelong learning!

  • From Nelson Mandela:
    “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
  • From Malcolm Forges:
    “The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”
  • From David McCullough Jr.:
    “The great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself.”
  • From Doug Marlett:
    “Ease up on yourselves. Have some compassion for yourself as well as for others. There’s no such thing as perfection, and life is not a race.”
  • From Henry Ford:
    “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 80 or 20. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
  • From David Brooks:
    “You have to give to receive. You have to surrender to something outside yourself to gain strength within yourself. You have to conquer your desire to get what you crave. Success leads to the greatest failure, which is arrogance and pride. Failure can lead to the greatest success, which is humility and learning. In order to fulfill yourself, you have to forget yourself. In order to find yourself, you have to lose yourself.”
  • From Samuel Johnson:
    “Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.”
  • From George Saunders:
    “Err in the direction of kindness. Do those things that incline you toward the big questions, and avoid the things that would reduce you and make you trivial. That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality – your soul, if you will – is bright and shining as any that has ever been. Bright as Shakespeare’s, bright as Gandhi’s, bright as Mother Teresa’s. Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place. Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly.”
  • From Bradley Whitford:
    “Take action. Every story you’ve ever connected with, every leader you’ve ever admired, every puny little thing that you’ve ever accomplished is the result of taking action. You have a choice. You can either be a passive victim of circumstance, or you can be the active hero of your own life.”
  • From Oprah Winfrey:
    “Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.”
  • And on a lighter note, from Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss):
    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in and direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

Public Libraries are the ‘People’s University’ and the place for lifelong learning. Are you a curious person? Good for you! Curiosity leads to learning! If you have a desire to keep learning even if you graduated a long time ago, please visit us. We have books on a wide variety of subjects – “libraries are storehouses of knowledge and provide free and open access to the accumulated wisdom of the world.”* If we don’t have what you’re looking for we can usually borrow it for you from another library. In addition to books, we have subscription databases to a myriad of resources which are not available by “Googling”! They are resources comprised of documented facts, written by experts in their fields. If you need help in finding the information you seek, please stop by the Reference Desk and speak with one of the librarians – we will help you find it!

“The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.”
- Carl T. Rowan

*source: www.idealist.org The New York Public Library

Lauraine Farr

Lauraine Farr

Lauraine Farr, the Assistant Library Director has been a librarian since 1981. She has been an avid reader forever, and is usually in the middle of at least two books. She has a BA in the Humanities, with a Minor in English, and an MS in Library Science. She especially loves reading contemporary literary fiction and historical fiction, as well as discovering new authors. Her other interests include yoga, writing, embroidery, hiking, and exploring Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Washington DC with her grown sons and husband. Click here to subscribe to Lauraine Farr's blog posts!

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