Unsung Heroes #86

A few weeks ago, Katherine Bruan’s son was in a serious automobile accident. Ever since, her days have been filled with whatever a mom can do to help.

When he was still in the hospital, Katherine got an email from the Westport Library. She had 2 overdue books.

Both had been in the car. When it caught fire, they were destroyed. Katherine said she’d pay for both of them.

Immediately, the library replied: There was no charge.

The library is here for the community, the email said. She did not need one extra thing to worry about.

Take care of your son, the library added. And if you need anything from us, please call.

After the accident, many Westporters have reached out to help Katherine and her son. She is grateful to all.

But that one email was particularly special.

Any library is an institution. How nice that ours also has a heart.


7 responses to “Unsung Heroes #86

  1. Bob Selverstone

    It’s not exactly that our library has a heart; it is that the people who run and work at our library have a heart — THAT’s what makes is so special.

  2. Chip Stephens

    Stories like this help us remember what a small special town we live in. Thanks Dan

  3. Mary Cookman Schmerker Staples '58

    Amen to both of the replies above. Westport always was a special place to live because of the hearts of its residents. It is wonderful to know that the town still has people responding from their hearts .

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  5. Tracy Porosoff

    Our local library is a treasure. Knowledgeable and caring staff. Extensive resources. Yummy muffins. We are extremely fortunate to have such a welcoming and useful institution in our town.

  6. Jocelyn Barandiaran

    This story is just one more reason I love our Library, and the people there. Our people — both the Library staff, and the Westport community — are the heart of the Westport Library. It is an honor to serve as a Library Trustee.

  7. In the scheme of things this was a small gesture, but important to show how caring the library staff is.
    My love and prayers for the family