Ray Bradbury fails to keep library open

The author Ray Bradbury has failed in his personal efforts to keep the H. P. Wright Library in Ventura, Calif., open.  Mr. Bradbury had appeared at a fund-raiser in June, but when voters rejected a recent bond measure, the library was unable to close a $650,000 deficit.

Mr. Bradbury said in an interview last summer, "Libraries raised me. I don't believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries, because most students don't have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years."