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Your Story: Elizabeth Kutsche

“I don’t know how I’d survive without the library”

A bad day for Elizabeth Kutsche is when her home reserve of books runs low. “That’s panic time,” says Kutsche, an octogenarian who calls books her ‘emotional nourishment.’ “It sounds dramatic, I know, but books are so therapeutic. I don’t know how I’d survive without the library,” she says. Her genre of choice includes both fiction and nonfiction, and almost always involves interesting people accomplishing extraordinary things. “It’s funny. I need reality so I read nonfiction. Then it becomes kind of a burden and I go to fiction.”

Elizabeth visits Central Library at least once or twice a week. When she’s not reading, she relies on the reference desk for to help with answers to questions about things she’s read or is just curious about. “They very rarely fail to have an answer,” Elizabeth says. “And when they don’t have one, they call me back!”