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California library honors PV's Becker for pioneering efforts

Thirty years ago, Josephine "Jo" Becker helped take the Solano County (Calif.) Library from a milk truck book mobile to a permanent system its patrons could be proud of. This November, grateful bibliophiles honored Becker and former Solano County Administrator David Balmer with the Becker-Balmer room in the newly-renovated library at the Fairfield Civic Center.

Becker and her husband, Chuck, traveled from their home in Prescott Valley to California for a luncheon ceremony in Jo's honor on Nov. 14.

"We were treated like royalty," Becker marveled.

Steve Huddleston, publisher of The Reporter in Vacaville, Calif., called Becker "the consummate librarian" in his column. Patrons of the Prescott Valley Public Library, where Becker has been on staff since 1998, would likely agree.

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