The library has played a big role in my personal life. I came from the Congo. Growing up we didn’t have libraries, my first encounter with a library was in high school, where we had a small library of old books. Even in college access to books was a rarity. The library is a place for healing, a true asset for the community. There’s no worse enemy for humans than ignorance. Building your knowledge wrecks barriers that keep us apart. The library is a place for connecting with people. When you come here you forget about all of your differences. You don’t see division in race, religion, gender, socio-economic. It is a place to share knowledge. I imagine that we are here in a sea of knowledge and we’re all here swimming in it!
–José, patron at The Indianapolis Public Library

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