It’s not every day that the Librarian of Congress comes calling, but Sno-Isle Libraries and Marysville Library staff were all ready when Carla Hayden, Ph.D, arrived Thursday morning.
Hayden has close ties to Sno-Isle Libraries.
One is with U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wa., who joined Hayden’s visits to several libraries in his 2nd Congressional District. He visits the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., for monthly book discussions. Hayden said Larsen’s staff selected the books the Library of Congress will give to Sno-Isle Libraries later this year.
Hayden’s other connection is Marta Murvosh, the Marysville Library teen librarian. She and two other Sno-Isle Libraries librarians briefly met Hayden at this year’s American Library Association convention in Washington, D.C.
“When I came back from Washington, it was all I could talk about. I’m star-struck,” Murvosh said while Hayden toured her corner of the library.
Marysville Library Manager Eric Spencer led Hayden and Larsen through the library and explained Sno-Isle Libraries new remote printing features, the popularity of technology education classes for older adults, the bronze “library cat” sculptures scattered around the building, and the ability of patrons to scan books for self-checkout.
“Libraries had self-checkout before grocery stores did,” Hayden said.
Larsen wanted to know more about remote printing and playfully asked, “So, customers don’t have to bring in their own floppy disk to print files?” Spencer said customers love the new ability to print files from home and pick them up at the library. Hayden was impressed with the $7 weekly printing allowance for customers.
Sno-Isle Libraries presented Hayden with five books for the Library of Congress: “Urban Trails: Everett,” “Final Deception: A Whidbey Island Mystery,” “Contemporary Coast Salish Art,” “Tulalip: From My Heart” and “Whidbey Island: Reflections on People and the Land.” Larsen joined Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Lois Langer Thompson and Sno-Isle Libraries Board President Martin Munguia in thanking Hayden for the visit and her interest in Sno-Isle Libraries.
“It’s a thrill to have Dr. Hayden here,” Langer Thompson said. “She put the Library of Congress back on the map. We always feel welcome at the Library of Congress.”
Larsen thanked customers for their patience while the group toured the building, then explained his love of libraries when he was growing up in Arlington.
“Every Wednesday night, we would pile into the family station wagon to bring our books back to the Arlington Library, and to check out new books,” he said. “I’m still a big fan of libraries and a big fan of the Library of Congress.”
During children’s storytime, Larsen told the 85 boys and girls why Hayden and the Library of Congress are so important.
“The Library of Congress is a big building with a lot of books,” he said. Hayden, as Librarian of Congress, “is the most important librarian in the world, so she should read first.”
The kids loved Hayden’s animated reading of “It’s Only Stanley,” the tale of a beagle that launches his family into orbit after a night of noisy mischief. Larsen kept the kids giggling with “Penguinaut,” the story of a moon-bound penguin.
“These are books about engineering and going to space,” Larsen told the kids. He reminded them that this year marks the 50th anniversary of America’s first successful lunar exploration mission, Apollo XI.