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a commission of fifty minority people who are going to help us not only raise money but draw materials in to the library from various sources.

These are sort of mini-campaigns. We're doing the same thing for the research library in Lincoln Center. Now we're organizing a mini-campaign for the branches, of private money. We got our first million dollar gift to re-stock the children libraries. The children libraries were in very bad shape. There literally were very few books, and a million bucks buys you quite a few books--particularly those kind of cheaper books.

So where do we stand now? We stand at, I think we have 112 million of the 150 public monies. We have over 100 in pledges and cash from the private sector. Which is really quite an extraordinary achievement, giving that there are not very many of us who are out there doing the asking. But we have a very good staff that kind of points us in the right direction, and keeps reminding me to call so and so, call so and so. You know, every single day of the week I ask somebody for money. If you have one out of three, you'll make it. Obviously we've done everything possible to publicize the accomplishments and the needs of the Library. We're now at the point where the needs, we have to talk more about needs because too much success can be bad for you. But it's easy enough to talk about needs because half of our books are crumbling anyway.

It's rather ironic that when we invented cheap paper, so that everybody could read, we also invented books that self-destructed. More than half our books are self-destructing. World War I, even World War II, books are beginning to crumble. So you have to

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