Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, former director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, was named a "Library Lion" by the New York Public Library.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, former director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, was named a "Library Lion" by the New York Public Library. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)

Former Baltimorean and Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has something in common with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelists Michael Chabon and Colson Whitehead, former NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw, and theater director Robert Wilson: They have been cited by the New York Public Library as "Library Lions."

The library told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the five honorees would be formally celebrated at a gala on Nov. 6. Library Lions are chosen for their contributions to a better informed and more "thoughtful" society, especially through their efforts on behalf of culture, knowledge and new ideas.

Previous recipients include Harry Belafonte, Elie Wiesel, Steve Martin and Oprah Winfrey.

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Before becoming the first woman and African-American to lead the Library of Congress last year, Hayden was director of Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library.

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