“A war of ideas can no more be won without books than a naval war can be won without ships. Books, like ships, have the toughest armor, the longest cruising range, and mount the most powerful guns.”
–Franklin D. Roosevelt
By Linda Stamato
As Morristown welcomes the first Festival of Books in late September, starting on Friday evening, the 26th, with a keynote address by William Cohan, author of The Price of Silence: The Power of the Elite and the Corruption of Our Great Universities, and continuing into Saturday, from 10 am until 4 pm, at five venues on South Street, with readings, talks and book signings, our town, once again displays its capacity to elevate civic life.
I’m pleased that the Morristown & Morris Township Library is one of the proud sponsors of this festival, a reminder, as if we needed it, of the value of this wonderful community asset, our library, our home for books.
Books provide a way to enter the world, in various times and places, and you simply can’t start young enough, as my grandson, Carter Aaron Mandel, demonstrates as he chooses Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar from a shelf in the children’s room of the Morris County Library.
Thanks are due to Linda Hellstrom for her vision, enthusiasm and leadership. Let’s hope the festival becomes an annual event.
Morristown resident Linda Stamato teaches in the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and co-direct its Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at Rutgers University.