The Library Beacon
St. Paul Public Library
Volume IV MARCH, 1932 Number 3
IN THE PUBLIC LIBRARY
6 ft^HATEVER be thy fortune or thy state,
The way to high companionship is free;
Here are they all—the wise, the good, the great—
And their best thoughts they offer unto thee.
How canst thou give thy life to sordid things
While Milton's strains in rhythmic numbers roll,
Or Shakespeare probes thy heart or Homer sings,
Or rapt Isaiah wakes thy slumbering soul?
If these "King's Treasuries" were scant and rare
How wouldst thou yearn for all that they contain,
But they are spread before thee free as air,
And shall their priceless jewels shine in vain?
The choice is thine, the fancies of a day,
Or the bright gems that shall endure for ay.
—William Dudley Foulke.
THE PUBLIC LIBRARY IN 1931
That the Public Library is meeting a definite need in this time of
depression is demonstrated by its greatly increased use during the past
year. The circulation of books and magazines at the Central Library