Speaking of Libraries


Many moons ago my Dad drove me to college,

kissed me and said he would see me again at

Christmas.  We lived about two and one half

hours south.  By comparison, I have heard other


parents speak of bringing their first child to

college and then driving around the corner to

cry.  While my Dad’s eyes might have been

moist, he said to study hard and to do my best.


It turns out that my favorite place to study

became the university library known as the Norlin

Library.  Above the entrance portals were two

phrases engraved in stone.  The library was named


for George Norlin, President from 1919-1939. He

began teaching Greek language and literature at CU

in 1899.  Inscribed over the west entrance of the

library overlooking the quadrangle is a quote:


Who Knows Only His Own Generation Remains

Always A Child.”  This was probably a nod to

both Latin and Greek authors.  I read that each time

I entered and remained enthralled by its meaning.


Even today.  Also inscribed over the west doors

is a direct quote from Prof. Norlin: “Enter Here The

Timeless Fellowship Of The Human Spirit.”  During my

university days, the library was a treasured sanctuary


where I willingly spent hours of study.  As a German

major, I had the valuable key to the German graduate

study room reserved on the top floor of the library.

All the research materials lay at my fingertips.  Many


a seminar was conducted in this space.  But university

days were also spent relaxing at the end of our

classes.  When the first snow fell, the students from

southern states came out yelling at their first-


ever snowfall.  As a Massachusetts-born kid who

later grew up in Colorado, snow was the norm in

winter.  The inscriptions are forever engraved in my heart.

Thus began my studies of learning how to study!


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16 Responses to Speaking of Libraries

  1. Russell Nemecek says:

    Terrific quotes on the library. Alas, very meaningful especially for today’s young generation. Assuming they go to libraries.

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    • Russell, thank you for the lovely comment. It is my hope that many young folks do indeed go to libraries. Maybe some might even understand the inscriptions engraved in stone at my first alma mater. Enjoy the weekend. ^^__^^


  2. Emily says:

    Lovely blog!! Wonderful memories and love the closing photo of course! Xoxo

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    • Emily, thank you for the kind words. The memories are forever with me and engraved in my heart. That lovely miss with her cat all bundled up is precious. Thank you so much and enjoy a good read this weekend. Enjoy a good, warm bowl of soup or chili! oxox


  3. Love this post, Mary Ann. Three cheers for libraries everywhere! 💞👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

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    • Bette, thank you so much. It comes from the heart. I love the words inscribed above the entrance to a beautiful library. They hold a special place in my heart. Agree: three cheers! We have lots of the white stuff to shovel and plow. I imagine the same for you. Be well. Enjoy a good book. 💞👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

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      • Only about 2 of white inches fell for us, although the coast got pummeled. Frigid temp headed our way fhis coming week… I’m reading The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Klein for our local librarybook club this month. We’re meeting on Zoom for winter. ❤ Stay well an warm. Happy Reading! xo

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      • Bette, my husband estimates about 6″ for us with more coming in the next couple days. I love the idea of your book club meeting virtually. Take care and enjoy the read! oxox

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  4. Darlene says:

    Libraries have always been special places for me as well. I love the quotes.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Darlene, thank you. Much appreciated. The quotes have stuck with me for many, many moons now. I feel reverence when I enter libraries and greet all my friends, i.e. the books. Enjoy the weekend and have a good read. Be well. oxox

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  5. Arno Bode , Cologne ,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    liebevoll dargestellte Lebensphase mit besonderer Bedeutung. Eindrucksvoll in Worte gefasst. Dir ,liebe Mary Ann und Deiner Familie alle Guten Wünsche für eine gute Zukunft wünschen Euch
    Euere Lilly und Euer Arno

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    • Lieber Arno, vielen Dank für einen schönen Kommentar von Dir. Die in den Stein über dem Bibliothekseingang eingravierten Inschriften haben für mich eine besondere Bedeutung. Mögest Du und Lilly ein tolles Wochenende haben und etwas Besonderes lesen. Euere Mary Ann, Euer Russell ^^__^^

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  6. Annika Perry says:

    Mary Ann, your college library is inspiring even before one enters the portal with such wonderful quotations high up! Libraries truly are havens and it’s great you got to hold the key to the German section. It must have been a beautiful view from the top of there. The Brotherton Library was a favourite place of mine at the University of Leeds, I was always in awe as I entered and beheld the central art deco rotunda.

    Haha! I’m laughing how snowfall to you was the norm whilst to your fellow students from the South this seemed so amazing!

    Lovely wintry photos … no real snow here this year so I’m savouring the images on your post! Wishing you a lovely weekend. x

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    • Annika, You get the feeling! Thank you for the comment. My frame of mind and heart were set even before I set foot inside the gorgeous open stack library with nooks and crannies to find a desk to call my own and to be able to enjoy the peace and quiet. I bet your university library was similar.
      Little known fact is we in Upstate New York have the most annual snowfall in the lower 48. Lake effect snow makes all the difference. We average about 120″ annually. I doubt we will make it this year unless we have a blizzard.
      Enjoy the weekend and read a good book. Your visit was much appreciated! oxox

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  7. balroop2013 says:

    Lovely memories Mary Ann and profoundly inspiring quotes! Thanks for sharing. I love the fragrance of libraries.

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    • Balroop, thank you for such a thoughtful comment. The fragrance is amazing. The quotes have remained with me for many, many moons. Perhaps I inspired some young folks to ponder the meaning of the two inscriptions. Enjoy a good read this weekend. oxox

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