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Letter: An appreciative note to Project Read supporters

The Oct. 5 retirement of Menlo Park Library Director Susan Holmer gives us an opportunity to thank her and the city of Menlo Park for the enduring support Project Read-Menlo Park has received from the City Council, Friends of the Menlo Park Library, and the library system itself for ensuring 30-plus years of ongoing service to the community.

As Lauren Kelmar's Almanac story (Sept. 12) about Project Read-Menlo Park's four-year-old Conversation Club points out, Project Read locally has offered tutoring services to more than 736 learners from 56 countries — and that is just during the last six years of our 33-year-old program.

Many of our local residents are surprised that Project Read, which raises funds through its own nonprofit board, Literacy Partners, is in fact a service of the Menlo Park Library and its staff. While our community's contributions are essential to keeping Project Read healthy, the reality is that more than half of our funding comes from city and state resources and the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.

The library provides active leadership and oversight, and as many library patrons have probably noticed, hosts Project Read's services at the main and Belle Haven libraries. Project Read is "your tax dollars and contributions at work." Project Read programs are woven deeply into the fabric of our city for the benefit of all of our communities.

Thanks to all of our supporters, volunteers, learners, and the people of Menlo Park, along with the wisdom and support of our City Council and the leadership of our library.

We wish Susan Holmer all the best in exciting retirement adventures.

Jason Sugimura

Program manager

Project Read-Menlo Park

Linda Carlson

President, Literacy Partners

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