Stories -- Nicholas Acampora
Nicholas Acampora, the 8-year-old son of
Paul Acampora, director of development, made the case for
funding of libraries in the April 22 Philadelphia Inquirer.
is an experienced library patron. He posts a book report
on his website, www.geocities.com/
A few weeks ago,
his father talked with him about the state’s proposal
to cut public library funding, and they decided to write a letter to Governor
Rendell. Not long after, they went to the ribbon-cutting for the new wing
of the James A. Michener Branch of the Bucks County Free
Library System near Quakertown,
where they live.
And there was Inquirer reporter Nancy Petersen,
working on one piece of a statewide story on the effect
She was interviewing the usual suspects when Nicholas
happened to overhear her. He strode over and told her
his opinion of state funding cuts.
I don’t like it at all,” he said. “They will get less
books, less librarians, and no special programs.”
reporters like: a short, punchy statement, no big words, from a photogenic
“He was so bright
and so articulate about the issues and so dismayed over
their impact that I decided
he had to lead the story,” Petersen said.