or perhaps envision the setting of that fine 1985 film The Breakfast Club. But, as last weekend’s Newfoundland and Labrador Book History Symposium so eloquently explored, a library is more than just a collection of books in a physical space. Libraries, to paraphrase presenter Joel Madore, are pivotal to individual astonishment and social enlightenment. Another telling note, from Margaret Mackey, author of One Child’s Book History in St John’s in the 1950s,  the Gsoling Library opened in St John’s in 1936, amidst the Depression, under the Commission, a priority in those dark economic and political times.

(Image: The Morgan Library, New York,