Carla Hayden Sworn in as Librarian of Congress After Fond Baltimore Farewell

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Carla Hayden made her new post officially official on Wednesday when she was sworn in as the nation’s top librarian.

Hayden, the former CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, became the nation’s 14th Librarian of Congress. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts administered the oath, while Hayden’s mother held the Bible. House Speaker Paul Ryan was also there.

She becomes the first African American and first woman to hold the title.

“People of my race were once punished with lashes and worse for learning to read. And as a descendant of people who were denied the right to read, to now have the opportunity to serve and lead the institution that is the national symbol of knowledge is a historic moment,” Hayden said.

And she’s on Twitter now:

Before Hayden was sworn in, she was feted at a big celebration at the Pratt Central Library in Baltimore. The Washington Post reports that it was an “astonishing display of affection” for Hayden, where hundreds of people showed up and spoke of her work.

“She kept everything good about [the library] but made it more innovative,” Laura Lippman told the Post.

Hayden isn’t completely leaving the community. She’ll still live in Baltimore and will commute to DC for her new job.

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