Remembering a Friend

Theater and Writing Program

I’ve talked about him several times in this blog but he was so important to the “Lights Camera Read” program in the New York Public Library I find myself inevitably bringing him up. The story that I’ve told before is that my wife was really the reason for my meeting him. She happened to be in the library and met a guy who was running a theater and writing program for teens.

The Library Steps in with Financing

Having been a big reader and theater myself kid in my teens, when I met my friend we hit it off immediately, Initially I was brought in as a guest talking about website design to the kids. But within a very short amount of time, the powers that be of the NYPL heard about the Lights Camera Read program my friend an I had created and surprisingly to us decided to help us finance it.

The Kids He Impacted

The Lights Camera Read program has helped many kids to read more, but has also shown them the relationship between books and new media. The libraries of today I quite different  than the libraries I grew up with. Especially libraries in New York. It’s not just about regular books but also concerns the use of eBooks and other online resources. My friend and I had a great time during the first draft version of LCR and then sadly he was taken too early from us. I still can’t process that he died, but his influence does live on in my life and in the lives of the New York Public Library kids he impacted.