Tanya Elder

Tanya Elder is a librarian, archivist, storyteller, and actor. She received her B.F.A. in theater from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and her M.I.S. in library science from Wayne State University. Currently, Elder is an M.A. student in history and archival management at NYU. She has worked as a librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Queens Borough Public Library and has also performed several one-woman shows in New York City. Elder has published an essay about being a new children’s librarian in In Our Own Voices: The Changing Faces of Librarianship.

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Ruth Lewis Farkas

The impressive and full life of Ruth Lewis Farkas spanned many occupations: educator, sociologist, businesswoman, philanthropist, inventor, wife, and mother. She was born on December 20, 1906, and raised in Manhattan, the fourth of Samuel Lewis and Jennie Bach’s five children. Farkas’s parents were in the real estate business, but Jennie Lewis also worked with the poor of Manhattan and occasionally allowed her young daughter to accompany her into tenements. She gave Ruth this advice: “No matter what your station in life, always try to contribute to those less fortunate.”

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