BFM: Coolest Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden
:Black Future Month:
(repost from August 2017)
I just DEVOURED this NYTimes By the Book interview with Dr. Carla Hayden.
“Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016. Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2016, and her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 13.”
Hayden spent her formative years in Chicago, went to college at Roosevelt University, and then graduate school at University of Chicago. From 1991-93, she was Chief Librarian at the Chicago Public Library (where/how she met the Obamas). After a few years as president of the American Library Association, Hayden was appointed Librarian of Congress by President Obama.
With over 40 years of experience and the highest position in the land, Dr. Carla Hayden knows books.
Here are 4 of her faves:
1. All Americans should read... A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel, "about what happens when reading is suppressed."
2. A book that made her cry... If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin (Happy Bday!)
3. Most interesting recent read... When Books Went to War, by Molly Guptill Manning
4. Book that made her a reader... Bright April by Marguerite de Angeli...
“I often talk about my favorite book, which is “Bright April,” by Marguerite de Angeli. It was about a young African-American girl who was a Brownie with pigtails. And that was me. It was the first book I remember where I really saw myself. I think books are so important as windows to other worlds, but they can and should also be mirrors. For young readers to see themselves in something important like a book, that really makes an impression.”
But, I digress. Back to Hayden..
“I believe that through [Hayden’s] visionary leadership, the Library of Congress will soon mirror society's rapidly changing information environment, while successfully preserving the cultural record of the United States.” (Current ALA Pres Julie Todaro)
To keep up with Hayden and all that she’s doing to make libraries even better, follow the Library of Congress.
All the cool moms are doing it.
(cover photo via Time)