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[Susan notes: Just to prove I don't always complain about New York Times reporting. ]

Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

Re: Richard Russo, Pulitzer Winner, Tells Gloversville Library Thanks for the Memories, March 25. I feel great joy to see that Gloversville is putting its hope and commitment in its Carnegie library as a source of renewal and that hometown boy Richard Russo is lending a hand. I have a 65-year-old picture of myself sitting on the steps of my hometown Carnegie which opened in 1909. The beautiful building is on the National Register of Historic Places but its doors are kept locked by an indifferent California community whose population has increased by 400% but now can't find value in the old Carnegie.

From checking out the Little House books to doing algebra homework, I grew up in that Carnegie and in gratitude I'm now a devoted library aide. Shelving books gives me a great sense of hope because I know I'm helping to nurture readers.

Susan Ohanian

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