During the 36 years that sisters Frances and Terry Ziccardi have been visiting Kingsbridge Library in the Bronx, they have checked out more than 5,000 items.
Along with the new books and ideas that they have discovered at the branch, the sisters have also found a sense of community.
“We love this Library. It’s our second home,” says Frances, who along with her sister comes to the branch at least three or four times a week to find new reading material and see old friends. “Without it we would be lost.”
The duo enjoys discovering contemporary novels and books on art, cooking, crafts, and exercise thanks to the help of Library Manager Martha Gonzalez-Buitrago and other staff members with whom they’ve become friendly.
“The library gives us a sense of community,” says Terry. “It keeps your mind engaged. It’s part of our almost everyday living.”
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