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Hartford Library To Honor First Black Librarian

HARTFORD —   The Hartford Public Library will celebrate the life and work of Spencer G. Shaw, the first African American librarian in the city and who was designated  an “authentic and forthright spokesperson for children and youth librarians, contributing enormously in motivating and guiding the nation’s youth,” by the American Library Association.

The celebration will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on  Tuesday at The Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St. Tuesday’s program will be free to the public.

A native of Hartford, Shaw, was hired at the library 1941. After an illustruious career nationallly, he returned to Bloomfield, Connecticut in 2004. He died in June at the age of 93.

Shaw was a renowned Children’s and Academic Librarian with a professional career that spanned six decades. He  served as a Branch Manager in the Hartford Public Library. He was also program and storytelling specialist in the Brooklyn New York Public Library, a Consultant in Library Service to Children in the Nassau County Public Library System and Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington.

Throughout his career,  Shaw received numerous national and international recognition as an authority in his specialized field dedidcated to children.

For more information, call 860-695-6297.

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