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Ted Kuzen – Neighbor of the Week

Ted Kuzen – Charlottesville

Tell us about your volunteer activities.
I do shelf reading at the Central Branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, which is making sure books are in order on the correct shelves. I’m finding it quite rewarding, especially when I find something two or three shelves away. I find it rewarding knowing that someone will be able to find that book now. It’s not just lost.

What inspires you to volunteer?
For a long time, I was a preservation librarian, mostly on the administrative side. I’m retired and disabled. I use Jaunt to get around. I wanted to get out and about. Volunteering gets me out and around town.

If your volunteer work could make one long-lasting change, what would you want it to be?
I would encourage people to use public libraries. Most of my career was in research libraries, including here at UVA and at Columbia, Stony Brook, and Yale.

What is a little-known fact about you?
Not very many people would know that I started doing creative writing. I do sketches.

What brought you to Charlottesville/Albemarle County?
I gained the position of Preservation Librarian at UVA in the Alderman Library.

What is special about Charlottesville?
Climate, population density, and a very tolerant and civilized populist. My wife Robin and I love it here. We have no desire to move.