WRITTEN ON THE WALLS
WASHINGTON STREET ENTRANCE
THE THOMAS HUGHES READING ROOM
OUTER HALL, THIRD FLOOR
BORN MDCCVI BENJAMIN FRANKLIN DIED MDCCXC
FOUNDER OF THE CIRCULATING LIBRARY
The real use of all knowledge is this,
that we should dedicate that reason which was given us by God for the use and advantage of man.
He that loveth a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter.
A library implies an act of faith which generations still in darkness hid sign in their night in witness of the dawn.
A good book is the precious life blood of a master spirit embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.
PRESTON BRADLEY HALL DOME
Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to
mankind which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
I will make thee to love literature thy mother;
I will make its beauties pass before thee.
PROVERBS OF TUAUU-SE-KHARTHAI
And the book is delivered unto him that is not learned,
saying, read this, I pray thee.
ISAIAH XXIX: 12
They who by genius and by power of brain
The rank of man’s enlighteners attain,
Not even they emerge from this dark night
But tell their dreams and fall asleep again.
He who from day to day recognizes what he has not yet, and from month to month does not forget what he has attained to, may be said indeed to love to learn.
The advice which their friends have not the courage to give to kings is found written in books.
Men are equal; it is not birth but worth
that makes the difference.
Open thy mind to what I unfold
And give it inward keeping, Knowledge comes
Of learning well retain’d unfruitful else.
Whatever things were written aforetime were written
for our learning. Rom. XV: 4
Oh, sweet voice! Much welcome sound
Of mother tongue in foreign land.
Does the scholar cease his learning?
The more he knows, the more his yearning.
SIDNEY R. YATES GALLERY
The world is founded on thoughts and ideas. Not on cotton or iron.
We are as liable to be corrupted by books as by companions.
LUX ET VERITAS (light and truth)
Books are the best things well used. Abused, among the worst.
Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves or we know where we can find information upon it.
He reads much. He is a great observer and he looks quite through the deeds of men.
NORTH STAIRCASE, THIRD FLOOR
WAR MEMORIAL (2014)
GRAND ARMY OF REPUBLIC MEMORIAL
DONT TREAD ON ME
March to the Sea
Siege of Petersburg
Siege of Vicksburg
Monitor and Merrimac