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 James vanDerpool, Director of New York City Commission Landmarks Preservation; Alan Burnham, American Architectural Archives; Margot Gayle, Chairman of the Clock Committee; Giorgio Cavaglieri, architect converting the building to a public library and, others., Digital ID 1252790, New York Public LibraryNot all New York City residents are well enough to make it to the library. The New York Public Library provides these homebound patrons with books and other materials through its Books by Mail service.  Juanita is one of the Books by Mail users we speak to regularly at Jefferson Market.

How long have you been getting your books by mail?

Only for a few months, and I just want to say how much I appreciate this service.  I live on a very small pension, and I had gotten to the point where I could no longer afford to buy books.  Now, I can’t get around much, and it is just wonderful to have the library.   

Do you live in the Village?

I do. I've lived in this area since 1964. I have used the Jefferson Market library for many years.

How do you choose the books that you order?

Usually from different magazines and reviews.  The New York Review of Books, Writer’s Digest, Poets & Writers, The New Yorker.  Sometimes I get book suggestions from the librarians at Jefferson Market, like Capitol Men, which you recommended.  I got that from the library, then ended up buying because I knew I wanted to keep it.

Do you have a favorite recent read?
I really enjoyed Just Kids by Patti Smith.  It was a beautifully done book.

Thank you Juanita!

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