Elle DesMarteau grew up in Westport, spending hours and hours in the Children’s Library in the cozy chairs overlooking the Saugatuck River and participating in the summer reading program. Now a freshman at Scripps University, where she is studying biology, Elle has added a new chapter to her Library story: donor. As of early March, there will be a commemorative plaque affixed to the Mo Willems bookshelf in the Children’s Library, celebrating one of her family’s favorites.
We recently caught up with Elle — who describes her passions as reading, music, art, and food — to talk about why she chose to give back to the Library, what the Library means to her, and more.
Westport Library: How did you first get involved with the Library?
Elle DesMarteau: I started going to the Children’s Library and programs when I was 3 years old.
How did that involvement evolve into engagement and giving?
I loved the Library so much and spent so many hours enjoying the space and programs that I wanted to give back.
In your view, why do libraries matter?
Libraries matter because it’s important to have a space for everybody in the community to learn and connect.
Why do you give to support The Westport Library?
I am happy to give to The Westport Library because it is one of my favorite places in Westport.
What does the Library mean to you and your family?
It has played an essential role in my love for learning and reading — and was a happy place that my family and I could spend time together.
What would you tell others considering donating to support the Library?
Just do it!