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DE222 Honoree: Carl Shaw

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Title: Assistant Director of Community Engagement & Programs

Carl Shaw

Workplace: Wilmington Public Library

Alma Maters: Wilmington University, Lincoln University

Boards: Bellevue Community Center

Q&A: Favorite thing about Delaware? “I love how the community is so close knit with accessible and engaged leadership. I also love late night strolls on the Riverfront boardwalk and tax-free shopping doesn’t hurt.”

Anyone still harboring notions that a library is a quiet place filled with dusty books hasn’t spent time at the Wilmington Public Library in recent years – and much of its public transformation is the work of Carl Shaw, assistant director of community engagement and programs. For several years, Shaw has helped organize and book major speaking engagements at the city library with the likes of NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, activist Angela Davis, rappers Rakim and Master P, actress Phylicia Rashad, and more. His efforts helped the Wilmington Public Library to capture the 2022 National Medal of Museum and Library Service, the highest national honor for U.S. libraries.

 

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