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YGC: Preschooler collects DVDs for flooded library

by Danielle Wagner

NEW HARTFORD (KWWL) On June 8, 2008 the Elizabeth Rasmussen Martin Memorial Library in New Hartford was ruined by flood waters.

The library lost about two thousand books and its entire DVD collection. In fact, the library just re-opened February 2.

Parker Latwesen was a regular patron of the New Hartford Library

After the library's DVD collection was destroyed in the flood, the preschooler wanted to help.

"How did you feel when you couldn't come here to rent movies anymore? Sad," said Parker Latwesen.

"He had taken a DVD out before the flood and he kept wanting to bring it back and I said just keep hold of it Parker, we're not ready for it yet. When we opened, he wanted to bring it back and he asked how many DVDs I had. I said we didn't have any. He said well I'll go around and get some," said librarian Valerie Ballhagen.

Parker sent out letters asking for help collecting and buying more DVDs for the library. He received more than $300 in donations. The Dike Library also made a significant contribution.

So far, Parker has collected or bought more than 100 DVDs.

"What are all those you're sitting in front of? Movies," said Parker.

In just a few weeks time, this five-year-old has collected almost as many DVDs as the library had pre-flood.

"I'm glad he's doing this. It's great how many he's got," said Ballhagen.

With the Kwik Star in town gone, the library is the only place in New Hartford with DVDs.

So, Parker isn't stopping. He plans to continue his DVD drive so everyone in town has a movie to check out.

If you'd like to donate DVDs, books or money to buying shelving, please contact the New Hartford Library at (319) 983-2533.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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