News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Wayside Furniture

Akron General


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Education


Two of the best librarians in the country work in Northeast Ohio
Holly Camino of Medina and Caroline Han of Cleveland are among the 10 best librarians in the country, according to the New York Times' annual ranking
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


Reporter
Kabir Bhatia
 
Caroline Han has built up a collection of more than 20,000 pieces of Chinese literature at the Cleveland Public Library
Courtesy of KABIR BHATIA
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
A Chinese immigrant who’s built one of the nation’s largest library-based collections of Chinese literature right here in Northeast Ohio has won a prestigious national prize. She’s one of the region’s two winners in the New York Times’ annual “I Love My Librarian” Awards.
Two of the best librarians in the country work in Northeast Ohio

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:15)


Caroline Han grew up not in Northeast Ohio, but in China. When she started working at the Cleveland Public Library more than 14 years ago, she recognized a special need among her fellow Chinese immigrants.

“Chinese people, it’s a cultural thing; they just like to read. And a lot of them like to read non-fiction.”

So Han – who eventually became the senior librarian -- began building up the library’s Chinese collection.

Providing access
“All the Chinese immigrants have parents coming to visit them. So they’ll bring their parents over here. A lot of books they can’t find in their own country because they’re banned. So we order books from Hong Kong, mainland China and also Taiwan.”

Han does not deal only in Chinese literature, as she shows off the other international sections of the library.

"French, German, Greek even smaller. And the Japanese is becoming popular, too, right now. And then Romanian, Russian and Spanish."

More than one
Han is not Ohio’s only “I Love My Librarian” winner this year.

In Medina, Holly Camino manages a branch library across from the middle school she attended as a child. Not long ago, she started noticing a problem for current students there.

“They’ve had a lot of budget cuts at the Buckeye Schools because they have been unable to pass a levy for about 17 years. So busing was cut.”

That means no school buses at all, so kids whose parents couldn’t pick them up had to just wait around after school.

“Then we saw a huge influx of kids coming over here.”

And when that happened, the smiling, schoolteacher-ish Camino had an idea: turn the library into more than just a quiet book depository.

Programming for teens
On a recent Wednesday -- while some students quietly studied books or their iPhones -- the rest headed for a meeting room out front.
“Sometimes we do a ping-pong tournament. Sometimes, we do a gaming tournament," says Camino. On this day, a large projection screen ran Bugs Bunny cartoons for teens relaxing in bean bag chairs after mid-term exams. There were snacks provided by a local non-profit, and a huge pile of Legos provided endless entertainment for teens like ninth-grader Dustin Drogell.

“It’s fun here. It’s just a place for me to come and relax with my friends. Sometimes I do homework. Other times I just come here and hang out.”

Drogell, like many of the seventh-, eighth and ninth-graders in the room, says he’d be stuck waiting for hours after school without the library programs put together by “Mrs. Holly.”

“She’s really nice, and it’s nice to be able to ask her questions about what’s going on here.”

A different challenge
Holly Camino laughingly says her library science studies did not prepare her to run a teen center.

“There were no classes offered on these topics at all. You have to look at what’s happening in our community and you need to evolve with that and you need to remain relevant.”

Only 10 librarians nationwide were chosen as “I Love My Librarian” winners – that’s out of 1,100 nominations from library patrons across the country. Since the awards began in 2008, only one other winner has come from Ohio.
Listener Comments:

Who Hoo! Great job Holly. What a nice thing to do for the need of the community children.


Posted by: Cathy White (Moline, Il.) on January 30, 2014 10:01AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio to appeal ruling keeping Akron's red light cameras in place
I don't understand what all the fuss is about. If you don't like tickets drive the speed limit and stop at red lights. It's really all up to you.

Who's on public assistance in Ohio?
legalize marijuana get over it,,, its here its been the main drug test scare of a lifetime. u got people that get drunk every night and work u got peoples on ...

Letters from a lost friend: A Beachwood survivor's Holocaust remembrance
What a great story -- and how important it was for both Marlene and her mother to tell it! Thank you.

Ohio lawmaker calls for an East Cleveland bailout
Instead of blaming Kasich and the Republicans for all of East Cleveland's fiscal woes, take a look at the facts. Some political entities in Ohio are too small ...

Legalized marijuana is a boon for a Cleveland-area grow light maker
Shouldn't he be in jail for paraphernalia? He knows he is selling for marijuana production.

Akron city council to vote on resolution for hiring ex-offenders
Great as a taxpayer I paid for the police to catch them, the free lawyer, the jail to house them , the food their kids eat the medical for them and all its goin...

5 of 8 rule headed for a vote
this is just another way for kasich to pass the buck and claim that it gives the local districts control. Few schools have enough money because of his cuts. T...

A passionate debate about parole in Ohio
I was heartened to hear that the legislators will consider ANY legislation to break the chains the parole board has put on these old law offenders who have serv...

Bill would allow Ohio religious leaders to refuse to do gay marriages
This is just a lot of political posturing. The free exercise clause of the 1st Amendment already protects clergy from being forced by civil authorities to perfo...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University