Patron Lotte Fields left $6 million dollars to the New York Public Library in her will, making her too cool for words. When people say things like "you can't take it with you" they often mean "I might as well pay [big company] $100 a month for phone/Internet/murder services." They do not mean "pay it forward," which is what Mrs. Fields has done. By investing in the future of her community by doing what a lot of lawmakers are not doing (hint: library budgets), she has helped countless children and adults have access to materials and services that will further not only themselves, but everyone they touch. As long as NYPL doesn't use it to start a fountain or create a "murder the elderly" service a la Logan's Run. Let's hope not. Unless that's in her will, which would be wildly ironic and woefully underfunded. So I've heard.