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Document #8 - Chief Librarian's Report

Document #8 - Chief Librarian's Report

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Library News HighlightsMay 23, 2012
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Marcia Harrington
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, head of the DCPL Adult Literacy Resource Center, is
one of ve winners of the 2012 Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz FoundationAwards for “distinguished DC government employees.” The award,announced by The George Washington University Center for Excellencein Public Leadership, said, “The selection panel saw an exceptional publicservant who has made a signicant contribution in service to the governmentand the residents of Washington, DC.”
Desire Grogan
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, DCPL’s Computer Training Coordinator, was named aFinalist for the 2012 Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Awards in thecategory of “distinguished DC government employees.”
Patrick Timony
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, the Adaptive Technology Librarian in the AdaptiveServices Division, is the recipient of the fth annual Raymond Von DranMemorial Award from The Catholic University of America School of Libraryand Information Science’s Alumni Board. The award is given to an alumnus/alumna who exemplies the qualities of innovation, collaboration, andleadership.
Eboni Stokes
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, Children’s Librarian, was elected ALA Councilor-at-Large for a three-year term.
Elissa Miller
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Director of Collections, was one of two librarians in the U.S. to be invited, all expenses paid, by the Colombia Government Trade Bureau toattend the 25
th
International Book Fair in Bogota. Ms. Miller met with editors, publishers, authors, and illustrators to learn about trends the group anticipatesin libraries and the publishing industry.
Rebecca Renard
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just earned a Master’s Degree in Library and InformationScience from The Catholic University of America. At graduation, Rebeccawas honored by the faculty as Information Science Graduate of the Year.
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Philip G. Freelon
was honored with the 2012 Design Guild Award by The DesignGuild of The College of Design at North Carolina State University in ResearchTriangle Park. The Design Guild jury cited Mr. Freelon’s remarkable contributionsto architecture, art, and design, most notably his impact on public sector buildings.Mr. Freelon designed the Anacostia and Tenley-Friendship Libraries. I was honoredto introduce him at the awards ceremony.
Document #8Board of Library Trustees MeetingMay 23, 2012
 
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 Not just for a day, but for a full week of activities at many neighborhood librariesand MLK Library. Attendance totaled1,173 for 21 different programs offered at13 locations. Programs were created bystaff and by professional and community-group performers. There were special storytimes, led by El Zol Radio personalityPatricia de Lima, author and illustrator Lulu Delacre, and the DC Ofce of LatinoAffairs. There was bilingual song, dance,and drumming with ¡Uno, Dos, Tres ConAndrés!, Mexican and Latin AmericanDance by the Maru Montero DanceCompany, and “The Cat and the Seagull” presented by Teatro de la Luna. This festive program promotes literacy as it celebrates children of all backgrounds. Robin Imperial,neighborhood library manager at Mt. Pleasant and Petworth, organized the 2012 El Día.¡Muchas gracias, Robin!
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The Children’s Division at MLK Library was the site of a joint press conference led bythe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Institute of Museum andLibrary Services to announce a collaboration between Head Start and public librariesacross the country to boost children’s early literacy skills. The wide reach of the HeadStart network gives this partnership the potential to reach more than one millionchildren.
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The partnership between Councilmember Tommy Wells and the Federation of Friends—“Tommy’s Traveling Book Club”—arrived at the Petworth Library to read
and discuss
The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963,
by Christopher Paul Curtis, anovel for middle graders. Councilmember Wells, who was born in Texas, but grew upin Homewood, Alabama, led the discussion. The novel, which is both funny and tragic,won the Newbery Award and the Coretta Scott King Honors.
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Cleveland Park Library staff members BarbaraGauntt, Patty Reeber, and Jackie Mikolaski enlistedthe enthusiastic help of 27 performers for an all-day
 Read-In
for patrons of all ages. Approximately 275 patrons came for the fun. Here are the highlights:Local authors Jennifer Allison, PamelaEhrenberg, Anna El-Eini, Caroline Hickey, andKatherine Marsh led a program of readings anddiscussion for teens. Three generations of the Thom-Veliz familyread aloud; 8-year-old Kia stole the show as she
read
The Lorax.
 The award-winning one act play by KelliHerod, “Break Up, Break In, Break Out,” wasread by the author and original performers. Thelocal Devonshire Players performed “Greater Tuna
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David Greeneldboyce of the Mt. PleasantChildren’s Puppet Hour presented “A BunnyShouldn’t Ever Have a Fox for a Pet,” and PattyReeber presented a shadow puppet show of “Martina the Beautiful Cockroach.”
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Several libraries hosted women-centered programs during Women’s History Month.While not detracting from lectures and discussions that honored bravery, activism,and freedom of expression, the highlight this year might be the “Sisters in Crime”event at Takoma Park Library. Susan Froetchel, mystery writer and Takoma Park resident, volunteered to be a Library staffer for a full Saturday to highlight that“Booksellers and Librarians Solve Mysteries Every Day.” “Sisters in Crime” isan international organization founded to support the professional development of women writing crime ction, and Ms. Froetschel gave writing advice to interestedfolks of all ages.
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