A message from the Mark Twain House & Museum

Dear Kensal Risers,

I hope our Letter to the Editor of the Guardian newspaper was helpful to your cause. The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT supports your efforts to keep libraries open and accessible to all. As I am sure you are aware, once a library is closed there is precious little chance of getting it open again. To offer a ray of hope (and to correct a mistake in my letter), the Hartford Public Library planned on closing their Mark Twain Branch in 2008. It was, in fact, closed for two months. Due to a tremendous outcry from the neighborhood and library fans, the branch was reopened and remains open to the public. The community worked with Hartford Public Library and their Board of Directors to reduce hours of operation and find other economies. This happy compromise means that folks in Mark Twain’s old neighborhood can still access books, computers, music, movies and invaluable services. Our city is poor and the branch serves a lot of immigrant populations, so it really is a community essential. I am delighted to report that the death of the Mark Twain Branch was an exaggeration. I hope Kensal Rise Library similarly is spared an untimely end!

Jacques Lamarre
Director of Communications
The Mark Twain House & Museum
Hartford, CT

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