Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Library Trustee - and So Much More!

This morning The Today Show presented an interview with Mary Reed. Mary is a Library Trustee for the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy, Massachusetts. As I learned from the TV interview, she is an inspiring woman who contributes in a major way to the future prospects for youngsters in Boston. I knew that Mary is President of the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children, but learned from the video that taking on that role involved a major life change for Mary, taking on her mother's mission as her personal calling. Mary says, "the road to high school graduation and successful futures begins in the crib… and high-quality early education and care are the critical first steps to getting there." I have so often written and spoken of the role of the Public Library in making real the American Dream by providing the "tools to pull yourself up by your bootstraps." Mary makes sure that Boston's children will be ready to take up those tools. Bravo!

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