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Celebrating Library Workers

Members of AFSCME Locals 884 and 3144, representing nearly 40 workers within the New Haven library system, joined with patrons and community leaders April 16 to mark National Library Workers Day.

Across the country, AFSCME unions like those in New Haven joined with patrons and community leaders to recognize the importance of libraries, and all that librarians and staff do to keep them running.

“Library workers provide the city with the best bargain in town. At less than one percent of the city budget we offer one hundred percent of the solution,” said Local 884’s Lore Lichtenberg, a library technical assistant.

Ten-year-old Alejandro Lopez thanked Lichtenberg for spurring him to read the 74-book collection of Caldecott Award winners.

"My parents, Lore and I became a team. Thanks to Lore and her wonderful help I was able to achieve my goal in less than two months and now I can say very proud that I am the third child to have his name in the school plaque.

AFSCME more than 25,000 library workers nationwide, including librarians, technicians, support staff and others.

“I’m proud to be part of National Library Workers Day. In good times or bad, the library staff at the New Haven Public Library is dedicated to providing services to enrich and improve our lives,” said AFSCME Local 3144 member and library employee Bill Armstrong.

Participants in the New Haven event wore a special AFSCME pin with the number 331.88, which is the Dewey Decimal classification for labor unions.

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