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Ronald grew up in a New York City library. It was as strange and wondrous as it sounds

Growing up in the 1940s, Ronald Clark had an experience that sounds as if it was plucked from a children’s book – he lived in a New York City public library. And indeed, he believed that living in this ‘temple of knowledge’, where his father worked as a custodian, was a grand privilege, even as it led to feelings of difference among his peers. In this brief animation from StoryCorps, Clark recalls how growing up in a library, where he could wander the stacks and read late into the night, would later lead to his becoming a college professor – a job that made his father very proud.

Video by StoryCorps

Director: Richard O’Connor

Producers: Rachel Hartman, Shelley Gorelik

5 December 2022
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