I was reminded of a non-fiction book that was the subject of a book discussion group I ran. It was entitled: "The Promised Land" by Mary Antin. The synopsis of the book on Amazon said it best:
"Mary Antin arrived in the United States from Russia in the 1890s at the age of 12. Her memoir vividly recaptures scenes from both Old and New World cultures, chronicling the poverty and oppression of Czarist Russia as well as the excitement and challenges of her assimilation into American life at the turn of the twentieth century.
Her amazement as a young girl at the sight of a public library where she, a Jewish girl, could actually read books for free was emblematic of her amazement at and love for this nation.
Although she arrived without knowing a word of English, Antin wholeheartedly embraced her new home. "A kingdom in the slums," her Boston neighborhood afforded freedom and intellectual riches in the forms of a secular education, public library, and cultural activities ..."
The Christa McAuliffe Branch of the Framingham Public Library is fine testament to one of our town's most notable and beloved women, Christa McAuliffe. I am sure Mary Antin would think so too.