Sometimes I think my mother should have named me Johnny...Johnny One Note.

Reason: Every time I turn around I see more evidence of our general inability as a nation to make a genuine commitment to education--and to vital education-enablers such as school libraries.

As I clamber up onto this soapbox one more time, let me make a small request.

Do yourself a favor. Don't miss Assistant Editor Meris Stansbury's eye-opening special feature on what's been happening to our libraries ( Her reporting has turned up some of the most cogent, hard-eyed arguments I've seen on behalf of keeping libraries afloat regardless of


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