Thursday, September 10, 2009

For the Love of Reading

(photo courtesy of David L. Ryan, Boston Globe staff)

Rich Barlow, Boston Globe correspondent, recently interviewed Gordon College alum Cindy DiRusso ’80, who has served as a children’s librarian for 28 years. From The Boston Globe:
“So can we have hands in the air?’’ Cindy DiRusso asks the almost 50 children and parents splayed before her on the floor. Like those fast-motion films of blooming flowers they used to show in classrooms, tiny arms sprout up.
Sitting under the paper ice cream cones hanging from the ceiling, DiRusso leads the group in “Open, Shut Them,’’ which always begins her weekly, half-hour singalongs at the O’Neill branch of the Cambridge Public Library.
DiRusso, 51, has been doing her songfests at O’Neill, formally or informally, for 28 years. Neither snow nor rain nor heat has kept her from her appointed rounds of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat’’—only vacations, holidays, the occasional illness, and two maternity leaves.

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