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On the Bright Side

March 13, 2014

Librarian looks back on 30-year career


“The library also has a Friends Group that fundraises,” Burkhart said. “They hold an annual book sale in August and sell more than 1,000 books. The money is used to benefit the library.” The Friends Group recently purchased a 10-foot screen for film showing.

Members of the Friends Group also volunteer to work at the library. “I was the only paid employee, but the community helped immensely,” Burkhart said. “It feels as though the library is the heart of the community.”

Children’s activities were designed to show the diversity of the world. “The performances nurture the arts and reflect cultures around the world,” Burkhart said. “It’s a thrill to see a child watch a performance and be inspired to take up an instrument or learn to dance.”

Many of the library’s resources now come in digital format. “Every year, I used to order a new set of 22 volumes of World Book Encyclopedia,” Burkhart said. “The last year I did that was 2004. Now they update encyclopedias, daily, online.”

Raised as a child in a suburb of Philadelphia and after graduating college, Linda Burkhart lived in Denmark for two years. “I developed a taste for rural living in Denmark,” Burkhart said.

She returned to New York and moved to Treadwell, to marry Elliot Cohen and raise their daughter, Brianna Cohen. “Brianna came to all the children’s activities in the library and Elliot faithfully set up chairs or did repairs in the library,” Burkhart said.

Reynolds Price is one of her favorite authors.

When asked about the future, Burkhart said: “After retirement, I’ll be a patron of the library. I’m not retiring to sunny Florida.”

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