It is 50 years later. I have worked in public libraries (and an academic library and a high school library but those were substitute positions) for 30+ years- and counting. I have always worked in Children's Departments. That's where I belong.
This video speaks to the importance of libraries - the importance of reading - the importance of books and most of all, the importance of making access to all three available to everyone.
Libraries save lives. Gary Paulsen credits a public library for his education. Thomas Edison read his way through his public library after he left school.
Thanks to Brain Pickings for sharing this story.