- - Sunday, May 21, 2017


When Carla Hayden, the first woman and first African-American to become the Librarian of Congress, visited my hometown to give the commencement address to the undergraduate students at Rutgers University, Camden campus, last week, I was elated. Ms. Hayden is a first in so many ways.

The Library of Congress is our official place of research. It serves everyone from our congressmen and -women to our judicial-branch members. Its open-door policy to the general public is what makes it so unique. Whenever I’m in the Washington area, I’m almost certain to visit. It is one fascinating place with a vast number of primary sources.

And I am a benefactor of its many outreach programs. For 20 years I’ve been a public school teacher in my hometown. The Library of Congress sponsors free credit and non-credit courses to teachers throughout the United States for personal enrichment. Its “Teaching with Primary Sources” program has sponsored me as a continuing education student to take many credit and non-credit courses at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. This has improved my teaching quality and in turn my students’ research skills.

Ms. Hayden is the perfect person for her current post.


Camden, N.J.

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