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In an era where most of the libraries I frequent are either inner city 60’s era souless buildings filled with flourescent lights and low ceilinged rooms full of stacks or, light and airy suburban branches that are inviting but lack reference materials; I had forgotten what a inspiration a beautiful library can be. Our family recently visited the Library of Congress during a trip to Washington DC. Our nations library is amazing. Everywhere we looked there were mosaic ceilings and fresco-like paintings. The main entrance hall has a marble floors and a gorgeously carved staircase but it was the bronze statues of The Minerva of Peace and the Minerva of War, each holding the torch of knowledge that captivated me. Walking past those statues on the way into the main reading rooms would inspire anyone to greatness.

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