07 Oct 2019


Learn about a Capitol Hill Librarian from a Capitol Hill librarian 10/10!

Cover of A Well-Read Woman by Kate Stewart. Via screenshot.

If you’re looking for great evening events, the Northeast Library has been killing it lately with all manner of interesting chats spanning a wide range of interests. Thursday’s event with Kate Stewart is no different. Kate will be leading a talk about her new book, A Well-Read Woman: The Life, Loves and Legacy of Ruth Rappaport. The event will take place starting at 7:30 p.m.

While Kate was working on an oral history project at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, she came across Ruth’s story thanks to a coworker. Ruth lost her parents in the Holocaust and fled Nazi Germany yet found a sense of purpose in being a librarian. As a librarian herself– third-generation, no less– Kate felt a certain kinship with Ruth. They both lived on the Hill and worked at the LOC. However, she was in awe of the hard road that had brought Ruth to our neighborhood. Kate summed it up best for me via email: “I think what resonated a lot with me about Ruth was that we had worked at the same place and lived in the same neighborhood, but she had gone through so much to get here. She was always an immigrant and an outsider but I think she finally found a real home at the Library of Congress and in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.”

For those of you who love a good biography of a kick-butt lady, make a point of attending Kate’s talk and adding this book to your list. Welcome back to the neighborhood, Kate!

If you go:

What: Author take with Kate Stewart, author of A Well-Read Woman: The Life, Loves and Legacy of Ruth Rappaport.

When: Thursday, October 10, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 7th Street NE

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