Moore named “Citizen of the Week”
A Logansport librarian who personified the term “children’s department” at the public library for 39 years is recognized this week with a special city award.
Pat Moore, who was a librarian until her retirement in 2014, is this week’s Logansport Citizen of the Week.
Moore was known to generations of children as the lady behind the many puppet shows at the Logansport/Cass County Public Library. She enjoyed reading to children and put her master’s degree in library science to good work, encouraging young library visitors to read and recommending countless volumes.
“Many people may not realize that Pat also was an active member of the Area Five Council on Aging and Community Services Head Start program,” Mayor Dave Kitchell said today. “It’s been said many times that Logansport is a great place to raise a family, and it’s because of people like Pat that’s true.”
In addition to producing puppet shows, Moore also did one play adaptation a year. She also coordinated numerous summer reading programs. She was a homework assistant at the library in addition to being a reference librarian for children.
“Summer reading is an important component of reading that many communities don’t acknowledge or understand,” said Kitchell. “One of the goals of grade level reading in schools is to ensure that children learn to read by the third grade so that they can read to learn from fourth grade forward. Pat was not only a general in the war to make that happen through summer reading, but an advocate for reading at a time of the year when research indicates children forget what they learn unless they’re stimulated by reading.”
The Citizen of the Week recognizes Logansport natives or residents who contribute to the community or are recognized for their achievements. Recipients received a certificate of appreciation from the city and a $20 gift certificate.
SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell