How Living In A Library Gave One Man ‘The Thirst Of Learning’ is a great post from NPR’s STORYCORPS that tells the story of Ronald Clark and his family.
Ronald’s Dad, Raymond, was a New York Public Library custodian, who along with Ronald and the rest of the family, lived “on the top floor of the Washington Heights branch in upper Manhattan.” They moved there in 1949, when Ronald was 15 years old. Following in the family tradition, Ronald also raised his daughter Jamilah in the same apartment until she was 5. To this day, Ronald believes that living In a library gave him “the thirst of learning — and this just never left me.”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.