Congratulations to BPS School Librarians Katie DePorter (Dever-McCormack School) and Suzanne Mathews (Trotter Elementary School) for being chosen by the Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA) for two prestigious statewide awards. Winners were honored during the Awards Banquet at the 2013 MSLA Annual Conference in early March.
Katie DePorter, School Librarian at the Dever-McCormack School, received a Massachusetts Super Librarian Accolade Award. This award recognizes an exemplary librarian/library program in each of the six regions across the state. Katie was recognized for her diligent work in creating a successful library program by working with teachers to integrate information and digital literacy into the curriculum and working with students to teach library skills, promote literacy and create excitement about reading. Katie’s resourcefulness and creativity have resulted in a vibrant, welcoming library with a wonderful collection. Her enthusiasm for books and reading is infectious and her inventive reading promotion programs have created an enthusiastic buzz about books among her students. Katie’s outreach efforts have resulted in a successful Laura Bush Grant, in her library being a recent runner-up for a Target School Library Makeover (resulting in funding for new books), and other donations of equipment and materials. Congratulations to Katie DePorter!
Suzanne Mathews, School Librarian at the Trotter Elementary School, was the recipient of the LMC President’s Award. This award is given to a School Librarian who, in a career of three or fewer years, has made a significant impact on student learning through a quality school library program. Suzanne was honored for her role in rebuilding the library program at the Trotter Elementary School. She has been instrumental in creating a library space and program that is a source of pride for the Trotter staff and students. Suzanne’s outreach to outside partners has resulted in “community service” days where groups of volunteers from Credo Reference and other organizations helped to organize the Trotter collection and input data into the new automated catalog. The Trotter was the recipient of this year’s Target School Library Makeover, in part due to Suzanne’s persuasive advocacy for the library program. Her work with the Foundation for Children’s Books has also resulted in author and illustrator visits to the Trotter. Congratulations to Suzanne Mathews!