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Ep. 35 "They Offered Me the Job" | Library Stories

When Alyona Glushchenkova first came to the US, she had limited English skills and no one to help her with the transition — until she discovered the Library’s range of free ESOL and career classes. With the help of the tutors at NYPL, Alyona learned enough skills to land herself a job at the Tompkins Square Library. Now, she says, she is happily living her dream in the United States.

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Alyona, you have brought with you such enthusiasm, joy and a passion for working at the library. You are a wonderful addition to our staff and a great inspiration for many people who are also searching for the American dream. Welcome aboard! It is an honor and a privilage to work with you!

Hello Alyona

Happened on your blogpost and wonderful video. A longtime patron of Tompkins Square Branch, I am delighted you are on staff! The times we have communicated in the library have been nothing less than enjoyable, interesting and informative.

Alyona, you are the walking

Alyona, you are the walking embodiment of the American Dream!!! Your enthusiasm for this country and desire to learn English has resulted in your hard-earned success. We are lucky to have you at the library and in our United States.

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