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Crane Library Founders Receive Award

Paul Thiele, founder, and until recently director of the Crane Library and Resource Centre and his late wife Judith, Co-founder and Reference Librarian, until her passing in 1993, were honoured with the ABDU'L ALA AL MA'ARRI AWARD presented by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, U.S. Library of Congress.

In the letter accompanying the citation, NLS Director Frank Kurt Cylke said, Congratulations on more than three decades of high quality dedicated effort devoted to the educational needs of blind individuals. Through the years Paul and Judy represented the best in alternative Library Services. The world is a better place because you were here.

To explain the origins of the Award, Mr. Cylke said, Abdull Ala al Ma'arri was born near Aleppo. He lost his sight at age four and subsequently memorized the contents of libraries at Haleb, Antioch and Tripoli. The Award was created by the Library of Congress to recognize outstanding library and information services to the blind and visually impaired community.