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Augusta Baker

Augusta Baker’s Dozen

A(ugusta) Baker's Dozen: A Celebration of Stories, Richland Library's annual children's event, cosponsored by the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, occurs every April and brings to life the world of storytelling and children's literature. The celebration honors the works and achievements of nationally-known librarian and storyteller, Augusta Baker.

Who was Augusta Baker?
A gifted storyteller and nationally influential librarian, the late Augusta Baker (1911-1998) left behind a legacy of storytelling, inspiring others to introduce children to the magic of literature and stories. She promoted quality literature for and about all children and was a pioneer in producing bibliographies of children’s literature about the African-American experience. She spent most of her professional career serving as Coordinator of Children’s Services at the New York Public Library.

Ms. Baker captured and conveyed the melody and power of the written word, establishing herself as America’s First Lady of traditional storytelling. Her inspiration has enabled generations of storytellers to introduce children to the magic of books and stories.

After retiring from the New York Public Library, Mrs. Baker moved to Columbia in 1980 and was appointed the Storyteller-in-Residence at the University of South Carolina. Her reputation and influence in the fields of storytelling and children's literature are unparalleled.