Letter – 24 November 1913

W.O. Carson, London Public Library to Sherman Swift, CFLB

24 November, 1913

Dear Mr. Swift,

It was not until I received your very interesting letter of November 3rd that I learned that there was a library for the blind in Canada that was trying hard to reach its public.  There is, in the library world, what we call the “library spirit,” and every page of your letter reads as though you have it; I have no fear, therefore, but our blind friends throughout our country will be served with the best kind of literature, and that they will be encouraged to borrow it and read it.

Our public libraries must keep in touch with you and do what we can for your cause.  If we can not buy books, we can keep your catalogues on hand and inform the blind people of our respective constituencies regarding the books that appear in it.  We might be able to assist the people in making their choices from your catalogues.

I am anxious to see all classes of people have library privileges, and should like to see the blind people have the very best;  I care little as to who does the work, but I should like to see it done.  We can get our heads together and talk over the ways and means, and if the public libraries can do anything, we will find out what it is and try to do it;  in any event, we should become familiar with your work.

Yours truly,

W.O. Carson

Librarian and secretary,

Public Library of London, Ontario