“Then she realized what my situation was — that I could not let anybody know I was reading.”
Grady told Neal she decided that if he was showing an interest in books, “she and Mrs. Saunders would drive to Memphis and find another one for me to read — and they would put it in the exact same place where the one I’d taken was.”
So, every time Neal decided to take a book home, the pair would set off to the city to find another book for him.
“You’ve got to understand that this was not an easy matter then — because this is 1957 and ’58,” Neal said. “And black authors were not especially available, No. 1. And No. 2, Frank Yerby was not such a widely known author. And No. 3, they had to drive all the way to Memphis to find it.“
Bold emphasis added by me.
Think of that the next time your city or town wants to close the public or school library.
Librarians are agents of God who walk the earth.