Direct Line

A Quarterly Message from
Library Director Lindsey Dorfman

From LINES Newsletter & Program Guide


I don’t think it will surprise anyone when I say we are living through the most challenging time in history that many of us can remember. A worldwide pandemic, economic hardship, social unrest, and a nation divided. It feels like everyone is struggling, and some days it can be hard to see past all the hardship and messages of doom. On days like this, I try to remember the many stories I have read that fill me with a sense of resilience and hope. Stories in books like:

Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts

An intimate look into the lives of the wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters of our Founding Fathers, reminding me that I, too, like Abigail Adams, can be strong in the face of intense hardship and survive what the world throws at me.


Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

A beautiful picture book that serves as a great reminder to stop and look for the beauty that is always around me.


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A profound and eloquent book that helped me better understand an experience and America I was not fully aware of. With that understanding came a stronger commitment to support social justice.


The Library is filled with stories of resilience, hope, and humanity. Stories that can help us come together and give us the strength we need to endure tough times. This year, our Winter Reading theme is “Reading is a Window.” I hope you find some stories that deepen your awareness of experiences different from your own and fill you with a sense of resilience and hope.