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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