"The building is of inert materials . . . brick and wood and glass -- but the institution it houses is a living thing, like a young fruit tree, valuable now but nothing to what it will be when it comes into flower and then fruit, offering to the town beauty and fragrance and flavor through years that no one can calculate."
-- From the address given at the dedication of the Richard H. Thornton Library by Gerald W. Johnson on April 7th, 1963.