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Volume 10 Number 1, Winter 1999

In This Issue:

MCI WorldCom Hometown Help Program

The Director's Journal

Library featured on phone book cover

Library on the airwaves and in print

Treasures of the Library

Library Celebrates African-American History Month

African-American History Month Celebration Calendar

The Second Century begins 10th year

Patents and Trademarks on the Internet

Rutgers students again offer free tax return help

"Art of Writing" luncheon

Trustee President: A Community Leader

Library plans two fundraisers

Friends Schedule Dana Lecture

Friends set dates for 1999 Book Sale; need volunteers

Treasures of the Library

Our focus in this installment of a continuing series of articles on the Library's treasures is on Wilhelmina Person, Supervising Library Assistant, who has been a staff member for more than 50 years.

Wilhelmina began her employment as a part-timer at the Springfield Branch. Upon graduation from West Side High School, she was assigned to Branch and Extension Services at the Main Library. Over the following years, Wilhelmina worked at housing libraries, hospitals, and nursing homesanywhere books were needed by shut-ins or in out-of-the-way places. After working through the branch system as a substitute, she came to work at the Clinton Branch, where she been a mainstay and now is Supervisor of Adult Services. At her branch she has been active with the Juvenile Conference Committee, the Senior Citizens Mini-Library, school visits, as well as working with the leaders in the South Ward.

In addition to a fulfilling life as a wife and mother of three daughters, she continues to be active in the music field. Her love of and talent for the field won her a scholarship to the Boston Conservatory of Music, where she trained in ballet and modern dance. She attended Newark State and Upsala Colleges and was coached at the Metropolitan Opera House. She has been involved in concert and solo work in various musical productions. Her favorite song, which she believes is the sum total of one's life, is "Only What You Do For Christ Will Last."

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