Summer Storytime featuring Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr

Aug 11, 2017

Friday, Aug. 11
10 a.m.
Atrium, 10th Floor
LBJ Presidential Library

Price: Free admission into the library for all storytime participants

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Join the LBJ Presidential Library for their Summer Storytime series! Best suited for children 10 years old and under.

Featured Guest
Our Friday, Aug. 11 featured guest is Rhoda Mae Kerr, chief of the Austin Fire Department. She will be reading Curious George and the Firefighters. After her storytime, Austin Fire Department Firefighters and their fire truck will join us outside of the LBJ Library.

Rhoda Mae Kerr
Photo Credit: Korey Howell 

Chief Kerr is a fourth-generation firefighter who began her career in the fire service in 1983. Before coming to Austin, she served as fire chief in Little Rock, Arkansas; she was also assistant fire chief in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Chief Kerr holds a Master’s in Public Administration, Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and Health, an Associate’s degree in Fire Science Technology, and two certifications from Harvard’s program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. She is also a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program.

Prior to entering the fire service, Chief Kerr was a coach and physical education teacher at the high school level for 12 years. Chief Kerr is president of the Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association and immediate Past President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).; that honor was the first time a woman had been elected to that position in the IAFC’s 143-year history.

In December 2016, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council; she joins academic, public, and private experts who advise the sitting president on matters regarding the security of critical infrastructure and related information systems.

She also serves on various committees and boards, and is a member of several state, national, and international fire service associations.

Chief Kerr has also been honored as a Girl Scouts of Central Texas Woman of Distinction.

Location & Parking
The LBJ Library is located at 2313 Red River St. Free visitor parking is available in lot #38, located directly off Red River St.

For more information or questions, please contact the LBJ Library Education Department at [email protected].

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Contact Us

Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
[email protected]

Deborah Arronge
Membership Manager

LBJ Presidential Library
[email protected]

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