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Future reader and library patron Emmelia Breun, 6 months, arrived with mom Alli. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Friends celebrate three decades as library, literacy supporters

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Thirty years ago, a group of literary enthusiasts met to confer on a library deficiency; the Carnegie Library had no telephone.

"Librarians had to go down the street to the telephone company if there was an emergency," recalled Friends charter member JoAnn Benjamin, who hosted that meeting.

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Benjamin would succeed in convincing recalcitrant library board members of the need for Friends of the Library, originally thought to be "unnecessary."

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