“Public libraries have been a mainstay of my life. They represent an individual’s right to acquire knowledge; they are the sinews that bind civilized societies the world over. Without libraries, I would be a pauper, intellectually and spiritually.”

          JAMES A. MICHENER (1907-1997), Pulitzer Prize winning author of Tales of the South Pacific (basis of the Rogers & Hammerstein musical South Pacific). A prolific author of fiction of nonfiction, Michener worked up to the time of his death at age 90.

Photo: James A. Michener at work in his home office.