In early December, a grateful patron provided a free lunch for the staff at Adriance Memorial Library. Christian Tiani credited the staff with helping him to find success in his life so naturally, we wanted to learn more about his experience.

Here is his story:

“I would like to start by saying that the library has been there for me from the time I moved to Poughkeepsie from my native Cameroon. I learned the culture and the language of my adopted country at the library. In recent years, I mostly visited the library to get assistance in my journey to higher education. I worked full-time while working toward obtaining my bachelor’s degree and I relied on the library to provide proctoring service when I was able to take an online class.

On many occasions, I saved money on textbooks because the staff helped me locate the recommended textbook for the class. Additionally, the library provides
an environment for maximum productivity, comfortable seating, reliable network connectivity, and fewer distractions.

This past spring, I graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. I recognize that it wouldn’t have been possible without the
services and the staff at the Poughkeepsie library. Recently, I attended the library’s resume writing workshop, and I am pleased to say that my updated resume helped me land a new position that I will start in a couple months.”

When we thanked Christian for the delicious lunch, he replied, “Believe me, it’s the least I could do after all that the staff at the library did for me. It is no exaggeration when I say that I owe my accomplishment to the library’s friendly staff, and the services they offer.”