January 21, 2022

Illinois: Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden Reads to Kids, Answers Staff Questions at the Rochester Public Library

From The State-Journal Register (Springfield, IL):

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on Saturday morning shared her love of books and affinity for Springfield during story time at the Rochester Public Library.


Hayden spent summers in Springfield at the home of her grandparents, Bruce and Myrtle Hayden, at 1120 S. Pasfield St.

“My grandparents lived on Pasfield … in Springfield,” Hayden told the more than 50 children and adults attending story time.


Hayden read the book “Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library” by Barb Rosenstock that tells how Jefferson’s books collection helped rebuild the Library of Congress.

“You know what we say now? That we think he would be very pleased that his books started it,” Hayden said. “Why do you think Congress — and Congressman Davis is here to tell you about that — why would they need books? Why do you think they need books?”

“To keep themselves entertained,” one child answered.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.