Courtesy of Library Lovers League
Lotte Fields, an avid reader and library patron, passed away at 89 and left a little money to her local library. That is, she left six million dollars to the New York Public Library. Six million!
The story brings to mind Carol Sue Snowden, the librarian in Columbus, Ohio who saved a million dollars over her lifetime to give back to the library. Secret millionaires, man. Secret, bookish millionaires who are really good to their libraries.
Fields didn’t work at the NYPL, though. Her executor said she just loved to read with her husband, and that the donation “shows just how much Lotte loved books and how important she felt it was to support her fellow book lovers.”
Fields had donated regularly to the library during her lifetime, but always contributed a modest amount. The library was surprised by the donation, “but we are deeply honored to pick up her mantle and promote the joy of reading,” Tony Marx, library president, told the New York Times.
The money was inherited from her late husband’s family, who were wool merchants. Secret millionaire wool merchants! Fields requested that the sum would be divided evenly between the branch library system and the Stephen …read more

Via: Melville House Books