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Librarian of the Year Award

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Nominations for the 2015 Librarian of the Year are closed. Thank you for nominating your favorite librarian!

Big D Reads wants to honor the contributions of great local librarians through its annual Librarian of the Year award. Whether it’s helping with genealogy research, finding fun books for kids to read, or gently shushing a rowdy group in the periodical section, librarians work hard for our city. Brainy, bold, and bookish, they hold a special place in our heart.
We’re looking for a librarian who…
* advocates for literacy, helping people at any age learn to read and encouraging everyone to find a good book.
* increases access to information through a variety of media. He or she understands that ignorance is not bliss. Knowledge empowers.
* enhances the library experience through innovative projects and ideas.
* expands the role of the library in the community.

ELIGIBILITY:
Nominations are open to any certified librarian currently working full or part-time at a library located within Dallas city limits. Librarians at public libraries and those employed by schools, hospitals, correctional facilities, museums, and research laboratories are eligible.

THE WINNER:
The Librarian of the Year will receive recognition in D Magazine’s April issue and other prizes TBD.

Questions? Please contact us at 214-540-0118 and we will be delighted to provide more information.

2015 Nominees

Susi Parks Grissom

Ms. Grissom is an amazing individual, who makes it a point to know each and every one of her students, and their parents, too! She doesn’t miss a beat and seems to contemplate questions even as she teaches a class. she really does give her best effort at helping and teaching. She offers up so much information about reading, understanding & ANALYzing sources of information, and about how to find information. I am so grateful for her tireless service to our students and to her community. It was a pleasure to volunteer in her busy little library at William travis school for the talented and gifted.

Besides being a fantastic librarian serving her students, Susi is a wonderful mentor helping new librarians. She not only conducts trainings to help give these librarians the information they need to be successful, she follows up with making herself available to answer any questions. She really goes above and beyond to facilitate and is quick to respond. Her enthusiastic and energetic personality is contagious and very pleasant to be around. She models the epitome of an ideal librarian who is always willing to help and is extremely knowledgeable. I wholeheartedly believe she would be an outstanding choice for D Magazines Librarian of the Year.

Jan Burnett

This librarian has created an amazing and safe space for all of our students. So many students are there before school, during lunch, and after school. She consistently goes above and beyond to encourage students to read and makes sure that Pinkston is a place that supports literacy for students and teachers.

Mrs. Burnett is the BEST! Whatever we need done, she is always there to help and get the job done! Her spirit is always upbeat and she is always up for a challenge! She is the BEST librarian I have ever worked with!
Simply the BEST!

Ms. Burnett facilitates the education for many, many students–before, during, and after school. She also assist much of the instructional staff with key integrative texts and media forms to concertize teacher professional development alongside academic student achievement and excellence.

She is always available for me and my students. Very knowledgeable and helpful.

Ms. Burnett is a tireless champion of the importance of reading and is always looking for creative ways to reach students and make reading fun. She is an excellent collaborator and is always ready to “talk shop” with teachers to help them plan engaging projects that involve the library. She is truly the tops!

She is informative and is helpful. Always looking for opportunities to increase the readership and to share information with students and teachers. Providing support when needed and offering support when required.

Ms. Burnett is very knowledgeable and helpful. She is kind and patient with the students. The library is well organized and decorated in different themes throughout the year. Along with being helpful to students, she is a great resource for teachers.

GREAT

She is always ready to help someone. She is  an amazing person with everybody. She always comes with brilliant ideas. She keeps our library organized all times.

She goes above and beyond for us and has a passion for promoting reading and lifelong learning. She helps out the students and truly cares for the kids.

Ms Burnett is not only knowledgeable of her job but goes beyond the call of duty to make both the students and her colleagues comfortable when looking for information. She is the Champion for the great cause of literacy with a passion for promoting reading. I would not miss this opportunity to elect her as the outstanding librarian of the year. She sponsored more than one reading challenges to encourage students at Pinkston participate and appreciate literature. Our Star Wars Queen!

Ms. Burnett has a passion for reading that is conveyed to all of our students in grades 9-12. She is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure our students are able to utilize resource materials for projects and to assist the campus with literacy initiatives. She is the driving force for our ESL students to ensure they are being provided opportunities to enhance their language development skills through literacy.

She’s been the best person at pinkston since I’ve been at this school. She’s just utterly awesome.

Ms. Burnett is one of the best librarians I’ve ever known!! I as her student have known her for three years. She is such an amazing person with such a big heart!!

Ms. Burnett should deserve to be recognize because she helps out a lot.

Ms.Burnett deserves to be recognized for many reasons. Ms. Burnett helps out my fellow peers when they need assistance and not only that she updates us on upcoming books. Shes not just s librarian but also a sponsor of National Honor Society and has helped me be more determined in myself and lead away my fellow classmates.Ms.Burnett is the most generous and has a warm heart that illuminates L.G. Pinkston Library.With that being said Ms.Burnett deserves to shine and be recognized as the Librarian of the year.

Ms. Burnett is an outstanding Librarian, colleague, and mentor that will goes above and beyond to help others while promoting the gift of reading. She uses every opportunity to share her love for reading whether it’s dressing up for homecoming or helping with testing, you can guarantee that Ms. Burnett will be sharing her favorite books that relate to the occasion. The most memorable thing she’s done this year was dressing up as a hippie and marching around the hallways during passing periods while displaying her favorite 60’s book and a poster that read “LOVE NOT WAR”. She captured students’ attention and sparked curiosity which had them on the library wanting to know more. Her outreach to the students is phenomenal and has brought many students to discover their love for reading. She is such a fun and warm soul that students and staff gravitate toward her for her wisdom. She does so much for us, and all of L.G. Pinkston would agree that Ms. Burnett should be awarded “Dallas Librarian of the Year” for 2015!

I believe Mrs. Burnett should receive librarian of the year because she is the most kind, sweet, and a very knowledgeable person I know. Mrs. Burnett has thought me the importance of reading; not many people including myself didn’t like to read but when I met Mrs. Burnett she change my mind about it.

I think Mrs. Burnett deserves to be recognized as the librarian of the year because she is an amazing librarian, who not only does everything to complete her tasks but takes the time to help students with anything they need and puts everyone else before herself. She has assisted me during my senior year and im so thankful because she has really made a huge impact on my life.

She is just the best seriously. The most kindest lady I’ve ever met in all my librarians in my lifetime. She deserves this.

Ms. Burnett Helps everyone around school when here help is needed. She is also very supportive when it comes to motivating the kids in our school.

Because she is the best, she’s very hard working and very devoted to her job. She’s always encouraging us to be better readers. She is a person who loves her job and really deserves this award.

She deserves to be librarian of the year because she is pure awesomeness!!!!!!!

My librarian deserves to be recognized because she is a hard-working, genuine and most importantly she is devoted to our success. She will go out of her way to make sure that we have all the materials we need to do whatever it is we are doing. Apart from being our librarian she Is also one of our NHS sponsors and a great remodel.

Ms. Burnett deserves this awards due to her kind service and intelligence of books. My librarian is the reason I started reading books. This year alone I have read Frankenstein, Uncle Toms Cabin, The Outsiders, and Stolen which are all greats books to read. Ms. Burnett can raise awareness for the importance of reading books and help students see that reading can be fun and enlightening.

Ms. Burnett is pure awesomeness!!!!!!

Mrs. Burnett is a hardworking I’ve learned to respect and admire as a mentor. She will take her time in order to help you out and achieve whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish whether its helping you find a book, request a book from another school, or another task that has no relation towards her duty as librarian. She is the nicest person and her personality is charming when you meet her you will wish you had known her before. Apart from being librarian she is also our NHS sponsor she is really involved with NHS and devoted towards helping us being better persons that I wonder who is this amazing person sent from god. There is so many more things that I could write an essay bout her.

Ms. Burnett is not only an ordinary librarian roaming our school. Ms. Burnett is a forever friend that anyone can come to for guidance either for a book or as a warm friend. She is the sweetest lady in the building of L. G. Pinkston High School.
Every single time I enter the library, it seems as if it’s just a boring looking basement, but a mind full of imagination. Every month there is a different theme in the library that just brightens my day even if it was going poorly. Her creativeness and organization of her—or better said our library—that she invites us too all the time is what brings her to the best librarian I have ever met and I had definitely met much.
Ms. Burnett deserves this recognition because the character she pursues. I am a senior and you can just imagine how overwhelming that can be. I always come to her, and her advice makes me feel in a position that is priceless. She always guides me to do the right thing, assists me with anything over college material, and has the spark to a better world. I ask you to please reward her for who she is and what she has offered Dallas.

This librarian goes the extra mile for the students, teacher and school personnel. Her skills and the way she knows her library, resources and ways to engage students regardless of the subject taught are the most important resources that we have in our school. She is always looking after the students in a way that few committed and dedicated people do for our students. She is hardworking, dedicated, respectful and very helpful every day. For my curriculum, since I’m not a core subject teacher, she found me resources online available, acquire books in Spanish, played an amazing role while establishing EDMODO (educational platform) for all my periods. She is AMAZING.

Because she’s so helpful and caring and extremely passionate about her job.

She deserves to be recognized for her devotion to the students and the school. She lets any student that has to study or do some work. She even lets us use the library after school for a bit. Some times she allows us to sit in the library. When we do thou she recommend us a book to read. Overall, I believe she is a great librarian.

She is very helpful and she’s always looking out for you.

The librarian should be recognize for what she does to the library and also how she helps the school. she decorates the library so pretty especially in Christmas but besides that she’s a great librarian. That’s why I think Mrs. Burnett should be chosen librarian of the year because of the great personality she has around the students and also the staff.

Mrs.Burnett should be librarian of the year because she has the best books and is very nice and helpful to all her students.

She is nice & helpful when we need something in the library. She is also very good at explaining things (:

Ms. Burnett is the best librarian ever. She helps everyone when needed and she takes time to help me with my homework.

She is very nice and helpful.

Mrs. Burnett deserves to be recognized because she is the best librarian ever! She helps me with my homework whenever I need help even though it isn’t part of her job description. She recommends books to me all the time and when ever I can’t find something she gladly helps. I’ve never seen her mad. She always has a smile on her face and encourages us to do the best that we most possibly can. You should recognize Mrs. Burnett because this just isn’t a “job” to her and she’s not here for just a paycheck. She does so much more than required and because of that I’m glad to call her my librarian, so please recognize her for all the hard work she’s done and to let her know that someone else appreciates her to.

She deserves this award because when we need help, she takes her time to assist us.

She is a loving librarian :)

She’s a heart-loving librarian, and she’s kind and respectful to all the students from L.G. Pinkston High. She’s spent her life working hard for this school and deserves the whole world. I nominate Ms. Burnett as Librarian of The Year.

This librarian deserves this award because she helps find what books we need and what genre of book we might be interested in. She gives her time to everyone in need of help. And she’s organized and patient.

I’ve known Ms. Burnett since I was a freshmen. She always asked if I needed anything which show that she is always willing to help others. She also runs the National Honor Society here in Pinkston. I’m not in it but she takes it really seriously from organizing the activities, to making sure everyone participates, she is a very hardworking women. She saw the reader in me right away, she would show me all the new books that came in to helping me request ones that I couldn’t find here at school. I nominate Ms. Jan Burnett because of her independent, considerate, and caring attitude and for her drive to find more readers.

Jan Burnett is a great librarian, you can tell she loves her job the way she helps students with books. She takes care of our library in Pinkston high school. She cares the books like if it where her child, she’s a very loving librarian. This is why I think Jan Burnett deserves to be recognized.

This librarian deserves this award because she always give her time to assist us with everything. When you have a question she’ll be their to help you, if you have a problem she’ll will tell you what to do.

Ms.Burnett should be the library of the year because she hard working & care for book and the students here at Pinkston.

She is a very good librarian. She is well organized. Always when I come to the library she treats us very good and helps us out. She encourages us to read and come check out books. She also lets us use the computers in the library for research which helps out a lot.

Ms.Burnett is the best librarian. She makes sure we get our work done and gives good advice. She really made me enjoy reading. I haven’t been a big fan of reading but the books she has suggested to me has been awesome. I’ve read so far 5 books this school year. She really gets through to us.

This librarian has inspired me to read fascinating, and adventuring books. She helps every student in the school pick the book of their choice, and also recommends something she thinks they would like . She also has a great friendly adittude with everyone. You can see how much she loves being the librarian, and she deserves to me recognized for her hard work, because being the librarian isn’t necessarily easy.

She deserves the librarian of the year because she’s nice and takes care of things all the time

She is the best librarian! You won’t regret choosing her! She cares for all the students at this school, and she is really respectful with all the students, and she is seriously One Of A Kind (: she is the bomb.com

Because she’s really nice, and she’s really respectful with all students and really responsible and she’s the best librarian I ever meet

She’s very helpful and caring.

She has a good since of humor and kind hearted

Cause she is always happy and in a good mood.

Because she deserves passion. She deserves to be recognized, also she’s great library and if she wins, she will feel soo lucky and even though she’s lucky she’s the best.

Because she is a helpful person when it come to needing help in the library.

She’s the best person you’ll ever meet she’s very good & cares about her students one of the best librarians I have ever had !!!!!

She’s very helpful, and understanding.

Because she is a great librarian and a great teacher to all the students

shes always available when ever I need her. she explains the work to you and when you have a problem, she always helps us without a problem

This librarian definitely deserves to be the recognized for all the hard work that she puts into this school library and the amount of time she tries to navigate and find our favorable books more with ease. She tries her very best to satisfy the need of every student that is hungry for reading and literature when they come to her library.

She is kind-hearted she welcome us into the school with joy, every morning she brings smiles to our faces. She always encourages us to check out books, any student would be happy to have a librarian such as Ms.Burnett

Because she helps me do my work

Jan Burnett deserves to be recognized because she the boss

Well I think Ms.Burnett deserves to be librarian of the year because she is nice hearted , very good library teacher and more.

This librarian deserves to be recognized because of all the effort that she puts into her job, the amount of time she volunteers to her schools library and atmosphere.

Best librarian ever

She is the best librarian she is always helping us when we need something she makes reading fun and she will give is advice on what to read and she always has the library organized and is very easy to find books

Well see she a good, women she always helping me when I come in the library ,she always helping people she jus a good women.

Our librarian is the best. She renews books if it is overdue without charging you a fine. She has been very helpful at everything she does for us. I hope she gets nominated for the librarian of the year award 2015.

She welcomed me to our school with opened arms.

She helped get used to this new school to and she was very helpful when it came to the library and is always happy to help who ever asks. she is just great.

She’s a very socially inclined person, who’s excellent with the kids at Pinkston high. She deserves this award because she has put forth the effort to.

She’s my school librarian and she helps me with what I need and what im looking for.

She’s cool and legit.

She dose an amazing job in the library and always recommended me good books.

She is a very dedicated librarian. She helps out students find books etc. She doesn’t just help in the library.

This librarian should be recognized because she helps out every student that walks in side the library. She knows everything we want or need that’s why she is the best.

She is very helpful and she always greets you with a smile. She is a very nice person and puts everything in a positive way for you. She is also very organized.

She is a cool librarian.

She’s always helpful when anyone comes into the library, she greets you with a smile and makes reading fun and exciting.

She helps me find books all the time.

Because she is a honest hardworking and respectful librarian who is always happy to help out the students at LG Pinkston.

She is a very hard working person.she helps everyone find what their looking for when you come to the library.

Because she is a great librarian, one of the best that I’ve ever seen.

I know Ms.Burnett should be recognized as librarian of the year because she believes in the students at Pinkston so much that she is one of the N.H.S. sponsors. An due to her actions at this school my life is on a brighter path. Know thanks to her i am a reader and i found a love for reading that i did not have before i can to Pinkston. And for that i am thankfull to her for help with the development at the school with not just me but every student that crosses her path.

She is the best.

Ms. Burnett is respectful with students and people and also is a hard worker she always stays on task.

Because she’s the best.

Mrs. Burnett, is the nicest most hard working librarian I have ever met. She is so devoted to her job. She treats every one even a student with respect. She never raises her voice unless she feels its the only way to get the point across and its necessary. Also she has helped a lot of students even me. She helps us find specific books we desire to read, and she tries her best to find it so we can take it home and read it as soon as possible. She has an extraordinary attitude towards us students and to he co-workers, she is always doing her job, never slacks of, and never gets distracted. In my opinion she is one of the best librarian’s I know. She deserves to be recognized for all that she has done for us students, and our school.

Because she very helpful and she’s caring, every time I’m in the library I call for help shes right there.

Cause she is very kind.

She’s a very nice person, very caring and tries to help in anyway she can.

She is an amazing and kind woman. Ms. Burnett cares very much for our library she keeps it safe, clean, and in order. I’m in National Honor Society, and Ms. Burnett is one of two sponsors, along with another teacher Mrs. P. Since Miss. P can hardly make most meetings (not her fault) Ms. Burnett takes care of everything and does awesomely! We couldn’t operate with out her!! She is not only the best librarian ever she’s the best person ever. Seriously!

I think she deserve it because she a great librarian and makes sure we have what we need.

Ms. Burnett is the kindest and most responsible librarian that I know. She always lets us order books that aren’t here and when they are overdue, she lets us keep them for an extended period of time until we get finished reading them. I have a book that I still have to turn in, but I haven’t finished reading it just yet. it is a very good book called Escape form Furnace. I asked her for an extended period of time so that I can finish reading it and she happily agreed. She never yells at the students at Pinkston and she never gets angry at them either. Instead she acts so sweet towards them even when they sometimes act up in the library. That is why I think that Ms. Burnett deserves to be the Librarian of the Year for the year of 2004 & 2015.

She’s Always here when you need a helping hand. Whenever I needed a certain book and our school didn’t have it, she would do everything in her power to make sure I would have it.
Ms.Burnett is the WORLD’S BEST LIBRARIAN EVER !!!!!

She is a good librarian. She helped me find a book.

Cause on my mama she A1 with them library skills. She always ready to help when you need it. She is always doing her job and picking out excellent books for me to read. She has an extraordinary sense of high literature.

Our librarian is very helpful , nice , respectful to others and herself also the other librarians are as well. Ms. Burnett opens the library to everyone for study groups , tutoring sessions , and for classroom discussions.

Because she is a very kind person. Plus she put all of her hard work into this.

She is a helpful and caring person

She is the best librarian ever!

Because she helps people when is needed.

Very helpful with projects, and doesn’t mind assisting even if it takes all day.

Shes the best librarian there could be

Mrs. Burnett is a wonderful librarian that no matter what she helps every single student find a book.

Mrs.Burnett deserves librarian of the year because she is a good librarian.

She deserves to be recognized because she is a grate helpful librarian.

Helpful librarian.

Because she is a nice teacher.

SHES THE BEST THAT GOD HAS CREATED !

Good librarian.

Mrs. Burnett is a nice woman she deserves to be recognized by her greatness I think she deserves to be librarian of the year.she deserves to be recognized because she is a great librarian and she helps allot of students. she also have allot of spirit for the library.

She’s very kind and patient.

She deserves to be recognized because she is always positive and also she is their when we need help for finding a book. She gives us suggestions for a great book.

She a great person helping kids learn to read. She’s a very nice librarian.

Cause she’s the best librarian ever she takes her books like her life. When I come she’s always having a smile and greetings when we come so I want to recognize ms.jan burnett.

I think she is the best woman with lots of patience for her students.

Super nice and helpful librarian.

She’s nice.

It will allow us to continue the development of great resources.

She deserves to win because out of all the schools
I’ve been too she has been the best one

Great librarian because she makes pinkston look awesome.

This librarian deserves to be recognized because she does her best to help every student find a good book to read and provides assistance. She always has a smile on her face and greets you when you enter the library. She is very kind and a very positive person. If that isn’t something a good librarian should have, then who knows what is.

Mrs. Burnett is an outstanding librarian teacher who has lots of patience towards her students. I think she deserves being the librarian of the year.

This librarian goes the extra mile for the students, teacher and school personnel. Her skills and the way she knows her library, resources and ways to engage students regardless of the subject taught are the most important resources that we have in our school. She is always looking after the students in a way that few committed and dedicated people do for our students. She is hardworking, dedicated, respectful and very helpful every day. For my curriculum, since I’m not a core subject teacher, she found me resources online available, acquire books in Spanish, played an amazing role while establishing EDMODO (educational platform) for all my periods. She is AMAZING.

Ms. Burnett is not only an ordinary librarian roaming our school. Ms. Burnett is a forever friend that anyone can come to for guidance either for a book or as a warm friend. She is the sweetest lady in the building of L. G. Pinkston High School.
Every single time I enter the library its seems as if its just a boring looking basement , but a mind full of imagination. Every month there is a different theme in the library that just brightens my day even if It was going bad. Her creativeness and organization of her or better said our library that she invites us too all the time is what brings her to the best librarian I have ever met and I had definitely met much.
Ms. Burnett deserves this recognition because the character she pursues. I am a senior and you can just imagine how overwhelming that can be. I always co.e to her and her advice makes me feel in a position that is priceless. She always guides me to do the right thing, assists me with anything over college material, and has the spark to a better world. I ask you to please reward her for who she is and what she has offered Dallas. Thank you so much.

Mrs. Burnett is a hardworking I’ve learned to respect and admire as a mentor. She will take her time in order to help you out and achieve whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish whether its helping you find a book, request a book from another school, or another task that has no relation towards her duty as librarian. She is the nicest person and her personality is charming when you meet her you will wish you had known her before. Apart from being librarian she is also our NHS sponsor she is really involved with NHS and devoted towards helping us being better persons that I wonder who is this amazing person sent from god. There is so many more things that I could write an essay bout her.

Ms. Burnett is pure awesomeness!!!!!!

Ms. Burnett deserves this awards due to her kind service and intelligence of books. My librarian is the reason I started reading books. This year alone I have read Frankenstein, Uncle Toms Cabin, The Outsiders, and Stolen which are all greats books to read. Ms. Burnett can raise awareness for the importance of reading books and help students see that reading can be fun and enlightening.

My librarian deserves to be recognized because she is a hard-working, genuine and most importantly she is devoted to our success. She will go out of her way to make sure that we have all the materials we need to do whatever it is we are doing. Apart from being our librarian she Is also one of our NHS sponsors and a great remodel.

She deserves to be librarian of the year because she is pure awesomeness!!!!!!!

Because she is the best, she’s very hard working and very devoted to her job. She’s always encouraging us to be better readers. She is a person who loves her job and really deserves this award.

Ms. Burnett Helps everyone around school when here help is needed. She is also very supportive when it comes to motivating the kids in our school.

She is just the best seriously. The most kindest lady I’ve ever met in all my librarians in my lifetime. She deserves this.

I think Mrs. Burnett deserves to be recognized as the librarian of the year because she is an amazing librarian, who not only does everything to complete her tasks but takes the time to help students with anything they need and puts everyone else before herself. She has assisted me during my senior year and im so thankful because she has really made a huge impact on my life.

I believe Mrs. Burnett should receive librarian of the year because she is the most kind, sweet, and a very knowledgeable person I know. Mrs. Burnett has thought me the importance of reading; not many people including myself didn’t like to read but when I met Mrs. Burnett she change my mind about it.

Ms. Burnett is an outstanding Librarian, colleague, and mentor that will goes above and beyond to help others while promoting the gift of reading. She uses every opportunity to share her love for reading whether it’s dressing up for homecoming or helping with testing, you can guarantee that Ms. Burnett will be sharing her favorite books that relate to the occasion. The most memorable thing she’s done this year was dressing up as a hippie and marching around the hallways during passing periods while displaying her favorite 60’s book and a poster that read “LOVE NOT WAR”. She captured students’ attention and sparked curiosity which had them on the library wanting to know more. Her outreach to the students is phenomenal and has brought many students to discover their love for reading. She is such a fun and warm soul that students and staff gravitate toward her for her wisdom. She does so much for us, and all of L.G. Pinkston would agree that Ms. Burnett should be awarded “Dallas Librarian of the Year” for 2015!

Ms.Burnett deserves to be recognized for many reasons.Ms. Burnett helps out my fellow peers when they need assistance and not only that she updates us on upcoming books. Shes not just s librarian but also a sponsor of National Honor Society and has helped me be more determined in myself and lead away my fellow classmates.Ms.Burnett is the most generous and has a warm heart that illuminates L.G. Pinkston Library.With that being said Ms.Burnett deserves to shine and be recognized as the Librarian of the year.

Ms. Burnett should deserve to be recognize because she helps out a lot.

Ms. Burnett is one of the best librarians I’ve ever known!! I as her student have known her for three years. She is such an amazing person with such a big heart!!

She’s been the best person at pinkston since I’ve been at this school. She’s just utterly awesome.

Ms. Burnett has a passion for reading that is conveyed to all of our students in grades 9-12. She is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure our students are able to utilize resource materials for projects and to assist the campus with literacy initiatives. She is the driving force for our ESL students to ensure they are being provided opportunities to enhance their language development skills through literacy.

Ms. Burnett is not only knowledgeable of her job but goes beyond the call of duty to make both the students and her colleagues comfortable when looking for information. She is the Champion for the great cause of literacy with a passion for promoting reading. I would not miss this opportunity to elect her as the outstanding librarian of the year. She sponsored more than one reading challenges to encourage students at Pinkston participate and appreciate literature. Our Star Wars Queen!

She goes above and beyond for us and has a passion for promoting reading and lifelong learning. She helps out the students and truly cares for the kids.

She always ready to help someone. She is amazing person with everybody . She always come with brilliant ideas. She keep our library organized all times.

GREAT

Ms. Burnett is very knowledgeable and helpful. She is kind and patient with the students. The library is well organized and decorated in different themes throughout the year. Along with being helpful to students, she is a great resource for teachers.

She is informative and is helpful. Always looking for opportunities to increase the readership and to share information with students and teachers. Providing support when needed and offering support when required.

Ms. Burnett is a tireless champion of the importance of reading and is always looking for creative ways to reach students and make reading fun. She is an excellent collaborator and is always ready to “talk shop” with teachers to help them plan engaging projects that involve the library. She is truly the tops!

She is always available for me and my students. Very knowledgeable and helpful.

Ms. Burnett facilitates the education for many, many students–before, during, and after school. She also assist much of the instructional staff with key integrative texts and media forms to concertize teacher professional development alongside academic student achievement and excellence.

Mrs. Burnett is the BEST! Whatever we need done she is always there to help and get the job done! Her spirit is always upbeat and she is always up for a challenge!

This librarian has created an amazing and safe space for all of our students. So many students are there before school, during lunch and after school. She consistently goes above and beyond to encourage students read and make sure that Pinkston is a place that supports literacy for students and teachers.

Mei-Wan Chang

Mei-Wan Chang is truly a librarian worthy of being celebrated for her grit. At first glance, some might categorize Mei-Wan Chang as the shy wall-flower who keeps to herself and the stacks. Well, I’m here to tell you, they’d be so very wrong. Originally from Taiwan, Mei-Wan has marched—not tiptoed—to where she is today. She knows firsthand how important being literate in English means for anyone in America. Volunteering at her local library gave Mei-Wan the courage to further her education. While raising two teenage boys—and because she wanted to show her sons that anything was possible with perseverance and courage—Mei Wan earned a bachelors and a master’s degree. ESL members in our community know Mei-Wan to be a loving, inspirational woman. She has started several programs that have grown over the years into truly amazing clubs. One such example is her WOW Reading Club. The WOW Reading Club at Renner Frankford Branch Library is for adults who want to learn English and practice their conversational skills in a supportive environment. The members of this club encourage each other in reaching that WOW moment in their English skills. Mei-Wan says she remembers the exact moment that she realized she was thinking in English as she read something—not translating the English words in her head to Taiwanese—but just truly absorbing what she was reading in English. In that moment where she realized she wouldn’t have been able to truly grasp the meaning behind what she was reading without being so fluent in English, she thought, “Wow!, I feel so proud and happy!” It made her more determined than ever to make it possible for other members in our community to have that same moment in their lives; thus, the WOW Reading Club was born. Through this club, countless community members have gained conversational English skills, courage, friends, and a safe place to grow. A multitude of members have found the courage to further their careers and education. All the members will tell you that they couldn’t have done it without Mei-Wan. That is just one example of a program Mei-Wan has developed, but she has done countless spectacular things over the years. The Renner Frankford Branch Library is truly a better place because of Mei-Wan Chang. She’s got the grit to make her the perfect winner of the 2015 Big D Reads Librarian of the Year! Quite frankly, Mei-Wan is amazing. She wows me with her courage and strength every single day.

Lisa Mead

From the different schools I have worked, I consider Ms. Mead as the most loveable and comprehensive librarian ever. Her love for literature, research and inquiry is constantly transmitted to our children. She is a consistent, committed, passionate, creative, resourceful, and charismatic librarian. Students are welcome to the library since 7:30 in the morning daily and the lines to get in are incredible. Everyone love to be part of the wonderful learning and challenging environment she has created in Anne Frank Elementary Library.

She is so committed to the entire school community. She goes above and beyond her regular duties. Such an empowered person, always happy to help and make significant contributions.

Ms. Mead is an incredible person. This being my first year in the district, it was a bit scary at first. Ms. Mead made me fell welcome, she help me solve problems with my technology, she offer me a laptop when my was going out of whack, she pull out books for me when I ran out of time to do it. She is always available to help the kids, the parents and teachers at our school. I believe that she deserves the most higher recognition for her dedication to all that come in contact with her and for the love for her job.
Please grant her this honor!

Lisa is very dependable, she supports us teachers, with either materials and books, for our classes, research and also to our students, who love her.

Lisa Mead had turned around the use of the library in the last 3 years since she became our librarian. She is incredibly organized and keeps all books and media shelved in the correct order where they are easy to find. The library itself (furniture, computers, etc) is always clean and organized in a manner that makes it feel like a great learning environment.
One of her great achievements is that our students now love going to the library. She created the ‘early library’ schedule, where students are allowed to go to the library from 7:30 to 7:55, and read or use the computers. This early morning library had become a space where students can hang out, have fun and learn. She has also allowed other special activities in the early morning library. My modern band students perform on a regular basis during the early morning library. This has been a great opportunity for other students to listen to the band and even join in a sing along.
Her lessons in the library are always engaging and fun for the students. She uses a smart board to teach students how to do research and use several online resources. Students get hands-on experience by experiencing what she teaches using laptop computers or ipads.
Lisa Mead’s dedication is endless. She arrives early every morning to prepare the library for early morning library and stays late daily to shelve books, organize the library and plan her lessons. Her passion for children’s literacy has always been evident, since she was a third grade teacher a few years ago. She knows how much she is appreciated in our school and we know that a recognition like “Librarian of the Year” is well-deserved and long-due.

Lisa is the best librarian I have had the privilege to work with. She has such a warm heart for the students and teachers. She always greets the students and ends their time by saying ‘I’m so happy to see you today!’ She takes the time to get to know the students individually. That is no easy task for a school with over 1300 students. Lisa has implemented an ipad program that allows teachers access to a class set of ipads to be used for instruction. She is always willing and patient when helping with technology issues. Lisa has a positive attitude and a servant’s heart that makes her the best choice for Big D’s librarian of the year!

Ms. Mead is a wonderful librarian. She offers lessons to every class on our campus every other week. She helps our students learn how to navigate the library website, and request books via the internet. Ms. Mead is wonderful at incorporating technology in our library lessons. She offers additional library time to the students each morning, before school starts. I love that she is so enthusiastic about her position and gives our students an opportunity to really become one with the library.

She is one of the most organized, caring, knowledgeable, and helpful librarians I have
ever worked with. She has a heart as big as our school (which is huge)! There is nothing she can not do or will not do. She is always there to volunteer and will go the extra
distance on her own time and always with a smile!!! She is amazing and VERY deserving of this award!!!

Ms. Mead has transformed a quiet boring place into a full of excitement, vivid, amazing place where kids and teachers can find their answers to ANY question and feel like if we are in our second home. She can help teachers find the best materials for our classrooms, delivers and gets technology and all sorts of applications to make our lessons varied and engaging. She always has a smile on her face, she is super organized and is always looking for ways to help us ( I don’t know how she accomplishes so many things in such limited time). Even if we are late for our time or couldn’t go for a holiday, she always finds time to have students go to the library.
She has created fun for learning. Her lessons are always fun and engaging. Kids love her, even when she’s leaving I can see kids running to her to ask her for a book or to thank her for helping them find what they wanted. I believe she is the best Librarian I’ve ever met. She is committed to make of our library an active learning environment, she has made learning irresistible!!!

“Mrs. Mead loves to read!” When our more than 1,100 students visit the library, that is what they hear from our exceptional librarian, Lisa Mead. With such a large campus, she goes above and beyond to ensure that students get library time, including opening the library before school in the morning. She is a key partner for teachers in getting the resources they need for instruction. Just mention that you will be studying a particular subject or a literary genre, and the next time you see her she has an armful of books for you! She also keeps us technologically up-to-date with on-line resources. Please visit our website: www.dallasisd.org/frank and see how she puts a spotlight on Anne Frank’s staff, students, parents and community. We are extraordinarily fortunate to have her on our team!

When I heard the news that a 3rd grade teacher had completed her library training and was moving into the library position, I was a bit worried because I work so closely with the librarian teaching research that I feared the new librarian would not be ready to take on such a large job here on the largest elementary campus in Texas. I feared that the new librarian, who was used to teaching in a classroom, would need years to blossom into the likes of esteemed, legendary librarians such as Kathleen Lane from Pershing. I was not sure Mrs. Mead would be able to balance the demands of serving a student body of almost 1200 and, at the same time, support one of the largest GT populations as well. All I can say is, boy, were my fears a waste of energy. This is one of the most spectacular librarians one could ever imagine. Each morning as I hurry to clock in to the biological time clock I scurry past the library. I feel like I am about to get my early day started at 7:40 AM. But Mrs. Mead is already in the library with 50 or more students who are scurrying excitedly around the racks to choose their own books. To the ear, there is a social gathering taking place, to the eye, you can see students sharing literature with their friends. While some students are using this “Early Morning Library” time to find books or to read, others are thrilled to have access to the computers. Mrs. Mead does this on her OWN TIME. She is not compensated for coming in early monetarily nor with makeup time, but she is clearly compensated intrinsically because she is inspiring a love of the library and reading in the students, and that is her number one goal. A huge piece of Gifted and Talented (GT) instruction is conducting research. In the fall 2014, there were over 130 students conducting research on self-selected topics. Mrs. Mead conducted a training on finding credible and reliable sources on the Internet using approved databases linked to the Anne Frank Elementary webpage. The students left the training with the resources to continue their investigations. She also assisted all of these students in finding books on their varying topics. Each year we informally inventory the most common topics together. She uses the input to fill in discrepancies in the library. Mrs. Mead also keeps a list as she assists the students ongoing throughout the year. Soccer, ghosts, technology, Paris…wherever the students’ interests lie, there is Mrs. Mead’s passion to help them find resources. Mrs. Mead maintains a grateful attitude to hold the job of librarian, evident in her positive, helpful manner in all things whether she is assisting a student or a teacher. There have been times where I simply do not want to burden a colleague with a problem such as a computer need, but with Mrs. Mead, I feel very comfortable. (This is a comfort level established after first hesitating to ask, apologizing when asking and begging forgiveness for needing help-all to which she responds with, “Don’t worry about it! I’m happy to help!”) Simply put, she goes far above and beyond her job description. I would have to continue this letter for another hour to list all of the ways Mrs. Mead has made the library the hot spot at Anne Frank Elementary. She is the World’s Best Librarian.

Ms. Mead is not only an amazing librarian, but also an incredible person. She goes above and beyond on a daily basis and not only helps the students but also the teachers. She always has a positive attitude and always makes sure she can help in anyway possible. I have been at quite a few school and have never met a librarian who is so committed to the students and their families.

She is passionate about her job, courteous and always willing to help.

She brings story telling to life. The students look forward to library day. The days that the library is closed for school wide testing she still manages a way to get us in to at least get new books. If teachers need resources to teach she will find the books on the topic and if necessary gets them from other libraries. I have never met a librarian so willing to help and every single way possible. She has also done trainings to show us all the available resources to us and has created shortcuts online to access them even faster. Every time she reads a book she has the students relate to them and other books she has read to them. Always does a summary of the book and discusses the purpose of the author. She does this and my kids are in kinder. She is passionate about what she does and we all love her for it. She has truly brought our library to life and has help create lifelong readers.

She works so hard for our school. She comes early and stays late to help both students and teachers. She helps teachers plan, plans lessons for her students, and stays late to meet with the leadership team. We appreciate her so much!

Lisa is amazing! She is wonderful with the kids and is always thinking of ways and times to help them.

Mrs. Mead sparks an enthusiastic desire to learn through her well managed library. She opens the doors before school starts each morning giving students an opportunity to check out books, use the computers, and utilize other resources. Mrs. Mead aligns her lessons to the curriculum to support teachers in their instruction. She voluntarily attends grade level meetings to determine which specific learning objectives to target. Mrs. Mead is always patient with students. She has a kind and encouraging manner and students adore her. The library is never lacking for eager and excited students. Without Mrs. Mead the library would be a dull place indeed.

She is a GREAT Librarian!!!!

As a first year teacher Mrs. Mead has helped me out immensely. She is always there to help with anything having to with library and books. She also assists me a lot with technology issues! She is truly one the most dedicated librarians I know! She drives over an hour to and from work to serve our staff and students. I definitely think Mrs. Mead deserves this recognition!

Mrs Mead is fabulous!! The students love spending time in the library. She opens early in the morning so the students can find books to check out and have access to technology. Mrs. Mead is an amazing resource. She will help you find material and information on any subject you need. She helps support teachers with her library lessons and providing whole class access to technology through iPad carts and COWs. In addition, she has the such a kind and gentle disposition it is a joy to work with her. Mrs. Mead is the best!!

Lisa do wonderful things to promote reading in our school:
Opens library before school for students
Delivers lessons aligned with our curriculum
Read stories to our students
Promotes higher thinking skills while reading stories
Delivers books that students request on the computer
Teaches students how to use the library and electronic resources
She is always looking for book, magazines or technology to benefit our students
And this is not half what she does. And with the teachers is great too, she helps us find what we need to improve our lessons. Kids love going to the library.

Ms. Meade is an excellent librarian. She goes above and beyond for not only the students, but also the faculty of Anne Frank Elementary. She has instilled the love of reading at our campus.
Students LOVE their open library time and always get a meaningful lesson on their library day.

She is very dedicated to meet all students needs in every grade level.
She always work hard to provide teachers and students meaningful resources.

She is so flexible and willing to help in all situations.

Ms. Mead is the technology guru on our campus. She has organized a class set of iPads and laptops for the teachers to utilize each day. It is wonderful that she has the time to help us bring such new and innovative technologies into our daily lessons. She’s always willing to help us out. She is a SUPER support for our teachers! We would be lost without her!

Ms. Mead is so much more than our media specialist. Beside being our greatest resource for books, on line sources, new ways to use technology she answers every comment a teacher could make with the words “There may be a way I can help.” She guides second grade reading teachers, mentors third grade reading teachers, and jumps in everywhere. Besides Mead rhymes with READ. She is the BEST!!!!

Because
She is amazing at teaching all ages.
She uses non-fiction books, and keeps the kids attention.
There is a line in the morning to get in the library.
Kids are allow to use the computers on their own.
Teachers feel O.K. asking questions.
In short,she brought the library to life after 18 yrs of having different librarians.

Great doing lessons with the kids and helping teachers find materials.

Mrs. Mead has been a viable resource to our school. She is always ready to assist not only with the library but with creating reading assessments, helping with technology, and providing professional to teachers.

She is very organized, great with the students, compassionate, hardworking, brings lots of creative and inventive ideas for our students and teachers, and very caring for all.

MRS. MEAD IS ATTENTIVE TO EACH TEACHER’S NEEDS. WHEN GIVEN A LIST OF OBJECTIVES FOR SPECIFIC SUBJECTS, SHE WILL PULL A VARIETY OF MATERIALS FOR US AND DELIVER THEM TO OUR ROOMS. SHE WORKS EXTREMELY WELL WITH THE STUDENTS. SHE HAS OPEN LIBRARY BEFORE SCHOOL FOR THE OLDER STUDENTS. IN ADDITION TO THE TEACHER’S NEEDS, SHE ALSO ASSISTS THE STUDENTS WITH FINDING RESOURCES FOR THEIR CLASS PROJECTS OR JUST FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL READING/LEARNING ENJOYMENT.

Mrs. Mead is a wonderful librarian! She does all she can to help every student and every teacher.

She is great with the students. She can work with all grade levels. Always willing to help out, very organized, and dedicated librarian to the school resources.

Mrs. Mead is the best! She opens the library each morning before school for either grade 3, 4, or 5 students. She allows them to come to the library during lunch. She keeps a full rotation of students in the library. Mrs. Mead always has a read aloud and corresponding lesson for the classes. She is so patient with all the students and staff. She is always ready to help locate any needed resource or assist with technology. She is always looking for ways to improve the library resources and the overall library experience. She is the best advocate for reading.

Our school librarian is no ordinary librarian, she is a Wonderarian!!! Mrs. Mead is a jack of all trades with a heart made of gold. She truly cares for each student in this school. It is not often that a school has a librarian who visits each teacher asking them how she can assist them with their teaching and with a campus with over 80 elementary teachers that is no easy task. Mrs. Mead adds to our lessons not only with books but also with technology. She makes sure every teacher has the technology they need in their rooms as well as making sure they know how to use it. She shows us digital lessons, research websites, creates interactive lessons for us, fixes anything we need fixed, conducts professional developments, checks out Ipads, maintains cows in almost every classroom, works with parents, all the while running a huge library all by herself. There a million kind things I could say about Lisa, but hands down her best quality is her heart . It shows in her work how much she loves her job and loves her students. Anne Frank could not survive without our Wonderarian!

She is always so supportive of the staff and makes incorporating literature into the classroom easy for us. She fosters a love for reading in the children and they love to go see her! She also helps all the teachers as much as possible with things that aren’t even her job. She goes above and beyond what a librarian is asked to do.

From an article by Jennifer Baldwin Anne Frank GT teacher;
“Each morning as I hurry to clock in to the biological time clock I scurry past the library. I feel like I am about to get my early day started at 7:40 AM. But Mrs. Mead is already in the library with 50 or more students who are scurrying excitedly around the racks to choose their own books. To the ear, there is a social gathering taking place, to the eye, you can see students sharing literature with their friends. While some students are using this “Early Morning Library” time to find books or to read, others are thrilled to have access to the computers. Mrs. Mead does this on her OWN TIME. She is not compensated for coming in early monetarily nor with makeup time, but she is clearly compensated intrinsically because she is inspiring a love of the library and reading in the students, and that is her number one goal. Mrs. Mead maintains a grateful attitude to hold the job of librarian, evident in her positive, helpful manner in all things whether she is assis ting a student or a teacher. There have been times where I simply do not want to burden a colleague with a problem such as a computer need, but with Mrs. Mead, I feel very comfortable. (This is a comfort level established after first hesitating to ask, apologizing when asking and begging forgiveness for needing help-all to which she responds with, “Don’t worry about it! I’m happy to help!”)
Simply put, she goes far above and beyond her job description. I would have to continue this letter for another hour to list all of the ways Mrs. Mead has made the library the hot spot at Anne Frank Elementary. She is the World’s Best Librarian.” I say “Ditto” to everything said.

Ms. Mead’s main focus is to provide a safe, learning environment for all students to read. She has a passion for reading as well as for students. This passion has an effect on our students. In the 16 years I have been at Anne Frank, I have never seen so many students in the library! Many times, they are lined up at the door in the morning before the library is opened for open library. This is extra time that students can use for reading, finding books, or doing research. She welcomes students with a friendly smile and a willingness to help in any way she can. It’s incredible how she has instilled the love of reading to our students. It’s not just the students she has helped. She also schedules library time for all teachers and tries to accommodate their schedules. She looks at our lesson plans and objectives and aligns her lessons in story time with ours. She extends the learning from the classroom to the library. Students make connections, which improves their learning. As well, she helps teachers find books and fix their equipment. If a teacher has a question about something, she is always willing to help in any way she can. She’s very kind, thoughtful, and a friend to all. In my opinion, there’s not any librarian that’s more worthy of this honor than Ms. Mead. All students and teachers everywhere should be blessed to have her as their librarian.

In a huge school like ours, she knows not only every child, but also she knows what they like reading, their reading levels and special needs. Extraordinary is the only adjective that I think is close to describe Mrs. Mead’s work. Her extraordinariness is not something she has fabricated or that she has forced, is all natural on her, this is what makes her stand above all the librarians I’ve meet until know.
In addition, she is ready to help any teacher in any subject throughout the school year. I am a Science teacher and I my classes visits her during the RLA block, but I consult with her quite regularly on resources and researches, and always I find solutions and resources that complement my lessons superbly.
On top of everything, I have a child attending Ann Frank, and she has acquired a strong affection for reading thanks, in grand part, to Mrs. Mead and her entertaining, rich, and master classes.

Mrs. Mead motivates students from all grade levels to read. Every morning there is a long line waiting for her. When she is reading to my students they are engaged and willing to participate in every question she asks. She is a great librarian.

Mrs. Mead does an extraordinary job keeping our library organized and clean. In addition to being librarian, she is our media specialist and ensures that all of our equipment is maintained and delivered to teachers.
Mrs. Mead, above all, is extremely helpful to our students and does a wonderful
job with making reading fun! Students of all grade levels enjoy learning new vocabulary, learning about characters and story elements. Student learn about new genres and where to find specific material to meet their interests.

Lisa Mead is Extraordinary! She always goes above and beyond to help everyone. Once she just overheard me mention a topic, then within that hour I had about five books in my box. She is GREAT, and for that, she gets my nomination!

Mrs. Mead motivates students from all grade levels to read. Every morning there is a long line waiting for her. When she is reading to my students they are engaged and willing to participate in every question she asks. She is a great librarian.

Ms. Mead is amazing at helping children and teachers with understanding different texts and parts of text. Having said that, she is also always working to help in every facet of school life. I teach PPCD, and she is always looking for different stories and ways to keep my children engaged while listening to stories. She is always available to help my children find books and help them even with behavior! I highly recommend her for Librarian of the Year!

Lisa first came to Anne Frank as a teacher. She was passionate about teaching Language Arts and was an AWESOME reading teacher. Mrs. Mead understands the learning process of reading and the needs of the student. She not only cares for the academic needs of the student, but also for the whole needs of the child. Before school begins, every morning, Lisa opens the library for students. The dedication and drive exhibited by Mrs. Mead is apparent by her actions and work ethic. Anne Frank Elementary School’s enrollment is one of the largest in Dallas ISD, in which the needs of the students are therefore multiplied. There are over 60 homeroom classes which enter the library doors and the library schedule has to be orchestrated with precision. Mrs. Mead accomplishes this feat on a daily basis. Her organizational skills are incredible, not to mention her effective communication skills dealing with all the different personalities of the faculty an d staff. Mrs. Mead is an impressive candidate for Librarian of the Year and should be highly considered.

She has transformed our library into a wonderful, loving and must go place.
Our children start making a line in the morning to go to the library.

Tracie Walker-Reed

I would like to nominate Tracie Walker-Reed as Big D Reads Librarian of the year. As a librarian at H. Grady Spruce HS, she empowers our students with research and information literacy skills that will prepare them for the road ahead. Affectionately known as, “The Library Lady,” Mrs. Walker-Reed gives her time generously with students, often keeping the library open late so that students can have access to library resources and computers. Mrs. Walker-Reed embraces the role of a 21st century librarian as she advocates for reading, research, collaboration, and creativity.

Aimee Van Heyst

The days of a quiet, nose in a book librarian are gone..that is if you expect your library to be a vibrant community center where people come together to explore and learn. Aimee Van Heyst supports two Dallas library locations (maybe more). She brings enthusiasm and creativity with every activity that she schedules or leads personally. As a regular library user, I have observed her delight as children participate in and get excited about reading programs. One year, she created a kid-napping mystery that needed to be solved within one local branch of the Dallas library. The children maneuvered the Dewey Decimal System and solved math equations that led them closer each week to solving the mystery. Each character was one of the branch librarians. My children learned who was who and what was going on in the shelves that house so many books! Aimee’s joy of learning links her in a special way to the many young and old visitors of the l ibrary. This year, we even invited our librarian (Aimee) to go with us on a family field trip to the Perot Museum. Because she is willing to give of her time and creativity, Aimee has become one of our favorite faces to see behind the desk when we enter the library! Our family would like to recommend that Aimee Van Heyst be considered and chosen for the Dallas Librarian of the Year!

Mary Custer

She’s a great librarian-teacher. Always available and willing to help, will go above and beyond on finding what ever it is that you ask her for. If it’s a book that we don’t have in our school library, she’ll find it for you at a different school’s library and have it for you. She helps with many other activities besides the library, very involved with the parents, and a great support for our students. She is definitely THE best librarian, we could not have had a better one!

Ms. Custer is the most dedicated librarian I’ve ever met, she works hard to teach all students at their grade level, with extreme patience and care for their reading education. Also impressively in the first week of school she already knows the names of each student, and calls them by their name when Library time. If for any reason it was impossible for our class to have our Library time during a week (ex. Holiday), she works out squeezing us all so students can change their books and continue their reading trend. She makes great effort to have the Library in pristine conditions even if students leave it upside down while looking books to read. She cares enough to talk with teachers and fulfill special needs for individual students.
For us teachers she helps us get the appropriate books for our lesson plans, even requiring them from other schools. Any reading competition or learning opportunity she shares with all the school.
I understand that her dedication to children has being for more than 20 years.
Furthermore she is unconditional to help an support any school initiative or student project.
For this and more she is the best candidate for ” Librarian of the Year “. She deserves this recognition for all her years of love for books and education.

Peter Coyl

Peter Coyl deserves to be recognized as Dallas’ Librarian of the Year because of his excellent customer service and his commitment to bringing Dallas Public Library to the national stage.
Peter spent 2 years on the American Library Association Stonewall Book Award Committee and used those connections to bring two award winning authors to Dallas (Tim Federle and Leslea Newman). He also shared what he learned on the committee at state and national Library conferences as well as locally in programs he put together at the Audelia Road Branch, the Oak Lawn Branch, the North Oak Cliff Branch and the Central Library downtown. He also has been elected to serve in a leadership role in the American Library Association as the Chair-elect of the GLBT Round Table and is responsible for helping plan national conference events and other activities.
Personally I have seen firsthand Peter’s excellent customer service. I often observed Peter helping customers on the computer, taking time to help a parent and child find books for school projects and assisting me in placing books on hold. He has planned book discussion, community events and tries to engage the community. He is always patient and willing to explain things to customers. It is obvious he loves his job and loves being a Librarian.
Peter was recently promoted from Manager of the Audelia Road Branch to District Manager over the Libraries in the southeast part of Dallas. We will miss him at our branch, but know that the great service and skills we saw need to be shared with the rest of the Library system.

I have known him for 14 yrs. He is a fine example of someone who loves what he does and as an example of what a good and honest person should be. He is well educated and a world traveler. He spent time living in China and grew to love the people there.

Abby Fagan

When the Fretz Park Library closed for remodeling, Abby welcomed our Book Club, attended and made many helpful suggestions about criteria for selecting books to be read by a diverse group, found us a place to meet and invited us to join the Renner-Frankford Book Club and made the transition as easy as possible. I have since started coming to the Renner-Frankford group and have seen her be such an asset to that group as well. She is helpful in solving problems and is willing to assist customers with any request. She is well read and makes excellent suggestions.

Pauline Martin

Since her first job in high school shelving books at her local public library, Pauline Martin has continued to make a difference in her community through library services. After receiving her Master’s in Library Science from the University of North Texas in 2009, she served as a librarian at public libraries, academic libraries, and special libraries including The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas. As the museum’s first librarian/archivist, Pauline organized access to the museum’s collection and resources for researchers around the world on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
In 2011, Pauline started serving as a medical librarian in the Krissi Holman Family Resource Library and Children’s Collection for Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Currently, Pauline assists patients and families with finding and evaluating authoritative health information, local community resources, or offering books and magazines to read through the library’s collection of generously donated materials.
At Children’s, Pauline organizes early literacy resources and programs for patients and families. She recognizes that with television, smart phones, computers, tablets and other social technology, parents and children can easily isolate themselves and rely on devices for entertainment. Through valuable library services, she promotes family bonding and education.
Every month, she organizes fun and educational programs that will draw kids to reading, such as celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with Story Time Bingo, LEGO® Build a Story, Star Wars Reads Week, and holiday stories and crafts. This year Pauline initiated two successful programs including Passport to Reading, a summer reading challenge, and an Early Literacy Kit program, which are story time kits composed of books, activities, and a take-home packet with tips for parents on how to raise a reader.
For parents and patient families needing to build their computer knowledge, learning English, and other life skills, Pauline hosts classes such as Computer and Internet Basics, Health Info, and English Conversation Club. She is currently launching an eBook service that will allow patients and families to read books anytime no matter where they are in the hospital.
Pauline’s inspiration for her work comes from growing up in a large family of eight and raising her five year old son, David.
Just as Pauline wants to help parents to ‘raise a reader’, please consider raising her up as Librarian of the Year for her passion.

I would like to nominate Phung (Pauline) Martin as Big D Reads Librarian of the Year. Phung is a Medical Librarian at Children’s Health – Children’s Medical Center, Dallas. I feel she deserves to be recognized, because she has passion for her position. She offers distinguished service and is an excellent model for others in the profession.
Phung is always thinking of creative ways to promote education in the library. Currently, she assists patients and families with a variety of things, such as: finding health information, books and magazines, educational programs, story time, crafts and the list goes on.
Mrs. Martin recognizes the importance of early literacy and family bonding, which is why it may seem so natural for her to interact and enhance the library experience for many. You can truly see her desire to enlighten others through her work ethic. She deserves this honor and so much more. I hope she continues to be a great impact for those that cross her path so they can witness the marvelous things she does, just as I have

Pauline is very conscientious about her job. She helps staff with medical research and works with the patients and families at the hospital to make their hospital experience pleasant . She passes on her joy of reading to the children.

Pauline deserves to be recognized because she truly exemplifies what it means to be a librarian. She is part of the Medical Library Association and is truly committed to providing patients with a library here at Children’s that feels like their hometown or school library. She incorporates fun, seasonal activities, as well as choosing themed weeks and building exciting opportunities for the kids around those books. Pauline has consistently been there to assist me when I needed a book or some supplies for my students. She has provided me with technological devices to assist in educating my students and even takes the time to troubleshoot in-person when I may be experiencing difficulties. Pauline is available day or night if she needs to be and has always maintained a level of honest and open communication as well as a friendly, can-do spirit.

Pauline advocates for literacy with our multicultural population making sure books are available and interesting to a variety of people. She increases access to information through a variety of media such as computer and ipad stations throughout the library. She enhances the library experience through innovative projects and ideas such as creative and interactive patient centered activities and story time.

Pauline is a medical librarian for the staff at Children’s, but she always plans for the children different and creative ways to make library events available for them. She is a hard worker , but always available to help anyone who needs assistance.

Phung is my colleague at Children’s Medical Center. I started with Children’s in August of 2014, so I am still learning the ropes. Phung is one of the most patient, knowledgeable librarians I have met in a very long time. She is extremely creative with children’s programming and has a very kind nature that always helps our kids feel welcome when they come into Holman Library. The collection for children, young and old, is fresh and up-to-date…not once have I witnessed her stumble when a parent comes in asking for a book on just about everything from sharks and dinosaurs to diabetes!
We have a wealth of technology available to our patients and families, largely because Phung saw the need and put herself out there to reach out to the right people to make things happen. Our kids have access to iPads, computers, and technology to assist with reading. The latest technology that some might find of very little importance, but to a parent who rushed out of their home at 3:00AM to bring their sick child for emergency health care, having a charging station available can be a huge deal. We encounter this all the time. Phung saw the charging station at another facility and believed it could be a satisfier for our families…indeed, it has been! She is bold and willing to fight to have services necessary to help our families continue with their lives while their children are here in the hospital.
Phung implemented a literacy kit program that helps parents begin their journey in teaching their youngsters how to read. Since most of our kids are only here with us for a few days, Phung also does an excellent job promoting the public library in our users’ neighborhood, which hopefully continues their journey towards living healthy, literate lives! She deserves to win this award because she not only works hard to make the library here at Children’s a fun, learning environment, she also supports and promotes the resources available out in the community. She has proven time and time again that she is dedicated to this profession and helping people connect with the right resources they need at some of the most vulnerable times in their lives. I wish everyone had such a fantastic colleague to work with and learn from…we are truly blessed to have Phung’s talent and passionate service available to our patients and their families.

She was always a tremendous support to me and all of the surgeons and oncologists that I worked with and supported at Children’s. When they needed resources for their own research or publications, she was always VERY prompt to with getting me those documents. In addition to that the patients and families found her to be resourceful as always.

Creative, innovative, and motivator or just a few adjectives that describe Pauline Martin. Pauline has been a librarian at Children’s Medical Center for the past four years. Over the years I have seen Pauline’s love for her craft shine through in many ways.
Creator- Pauline has jumped in and taken on the task of programming for the library at the hospital. This task is not easy because she has to find ways to engage children in the moment that may be 5 or 15. They may be wheelchair bound or non-verbal. Pauline has created programming that engages the family so they feel a sense of normalcy at what can be a scary time. From arts and crafts kits that relate to a book, puzzles, or movies based on a book. Pauline is passionate about engaging every child and family in reading. Some of the patients and families she encounters may have limited access to books and don’t know how to interact using books. Pauline sits alongside them and models the how to read to your child. Pauline strongly feels that books should be introduced to children from the very beginning and has worked with families of babies in the NICU on how simply reading to your child can help in the healing process.
Innovative- Pauline saw the need for increased literacy of the patients in the hospital and expounded upon the idea of literacy kits. Parents of early readers can come the library and check out a kit with step by step directions on helping your child read. They get to keep a bag of goodies that will help them continue reading when they return home.
Motivator- Pauline strives for excellence and continuously looks at the processes in the library. Due to Paulines diligence and information seeking it helps to motivate her coworkers to do the same to make the library and inviting place that patients frequent.
Pauline stands out amongst her peers for her dedication not only to her job here at Children’s but in this time of change her ability to run with it and make the best of any situation. Her priority truly is the Children’s mission; making life better for children. She does this daily weather it be making them smile or showing them how to escape in a good book.

Olga Eguia

 Olga is very helpful and always cheerful. She is an excellent librarian.

Carol Miller

When I think about Carol, I think Super Librarian. Carol is the librarian in the outpatient services area at Children’s Medical Center. Carol acts as a resource to over 350 patrons a day. Weather it is assisting a family with medicaid transportation, creating an impromptu story time, finding teens information to assist with their daily lives or providing a family with consumer health information Ms. Miller does it all with the same grace each day. Ms. Miller has also extended her services beyond the library, she takes information into the community health clinics and with her co worker has started the idea of waiting rooms as a learning center.
Carol along with her counterpart worked with the Autism center at the hospital to created an environment of learning in their waiting room for patients and families. Ms. Miller made sure the environment was equipped for the population and goes the the area each month to answer questions for the families as needed.
Ms. Millers kind and warm spirit brings her families back again and again. The environment that she has created is more than a library it is a place of joy and discovery for so many. Carol has considered the needs of patients and staff and provide resources that are meaningful to the population she serves. At the Judith Kaplan-Einstein Library Carol provides a good book with a dose of kindness and support, that is comforting to all the patients she encounters.

Always very supportive to the staff, medical students, interns, fellows and others throughout the hospital. Also an amazing resource for patients and families.
What a blessing.

She’s always happy and goes beyond to make the patients happy, my son loves her and she knows him by name and is very kind, helpful and loving.

Neal Davis

 The most kind and caring man ever!

Leeandrea Price

 I would like to nominate the new librarian at our campus Mrs. Leeandrea Price. Our campus had been without a librarian for over a year prior to Mrs. Price and needless to say it required a tremendous amount of attention. With the kindness of substitutes and volunteers we were able to utilize the library occasionally but it just wasn’t enough. Mrs. Price was hired for our campus during the summer and she volunteered her time and effort into getting our library back into shape by rearranging the entire library collection the proper way and decorating the space to make it more inviting to the students, teachers and parents.
Since she has been in the library our students have learned valuable reading and library skills that they were not able to utilize for over a year. Mrs. Price uses every library session to integrate technology and to bring in a thematic science or social studies lesson to help support the learning in the classroom. In addition to the support in the library she tutors students daily after school.
Mrs. Price has brought back the joy and love of reading to the students by offering reading/writing challenges and activities such as: 60 Seconds for 60 Days reading initiative, Veteran’s Day Thank you letter and donation drive, Reading Under the Stars Family Night, Character Book Day, Six Flags Reading Program, RIF distributions, an awesome Book Fair with a Medieval Theme. These are only a few things that she has done so far. For this semester she is already preparing for another big event, the Dr. Seuss Reading Birthday celebration event with United Way and other volunteers. Mrs. Price is wonderful at building positive relationships with administration, staff, students, parents and community members/volunteers. She has opened up the library to make it a place it should be… a learning community. Our campus was very impressed by the way she was able to come in working as if she has been with us for years. Although she has only been with us for a short time, we can truly say that she is an invaluable member of our school family.

Cassandra Grey

Mrs. Gray has been a fixture at our campus and is in her 35th year, but shhhh…she doesn’t want people to know that. She is an amazing individual and excellent educator. In the 5 years that I have lead the campus, I know that I have always counted on Mrs. Gray to be the voice of reason for the school community. Mrs. Gray is nurturing and very wise. She instills school pride in all of the students and steps up to any challenge. She instills the love for reading beginning with our Pre-K students up to our 5th grade students. When you ask students what their favorite special class is, they always respond that the library is.
Two years ago, Mrs. Gray helped transform the library into the coolest spot in the school by receiving a grant from Target to remodel the library space. One would think that with three months of remodeling that the library would shut down. Oh no, Mrs. Gray packed her library books on wheels and created a system where the library became mobile. The students were able to check out their favorite Diary of a Wimpy Kid, chapter book or fairy tale.
In addition to being a librarian, Mrs. Gray tutors students and encourages them to read at all times. Students are provided incentives and are often rewarded with smiles and hugs. Mrs. Gray can be see after school or on Saturdays working with students. She even helps the bilingual students by practicing Spanish and providing students with Spanish resources. Her lessons are preplanned, interactive and loaded with fun! Students even get to explore on iPads.
Mrs. Gray’s best attribute is her professionalism and humility. She has been through much change in our school community and has always remained focused on what matters most––the students!

Claudia DeShay

Claudia is the only PhD librarian at UT Southwestern Medical Center Library. She serves as the Education Librarian and liaison to the Department of Pediatrics and Office of Medical Education. Claudia has an extensive background in public service and community outreach activities. She is well published and is a passionate advocate for promoting a love of reading for all ages. She is an active volunteer at Children’s Health, participating in several reading programs for patients as well as their families. Claudia has developed a strong reference library for the clinical pastoral education program at Children’s Health. Her CV is available upon request. I can think of no one more deserving of this important honor than Dr. DeShay.

Mary Holland

Mary Holland is a young, bright and talented librarian. She is very knowledgeable at her job and enjoy working with all ages. She is kind and a great person to work with.

Jackie Chetzron

She is a dedicated school librarian who has been serving her students for years.

Cecilia Railey

 Although new to our department, Cecilia “CeCe” Railey is already a star. It is remarkable how quickly she has absorbed Children’s culture. She is thoughtful, genuine, and is the consumate research librarian. Her research skills are first rate and she will go to extraordinary lengths to assist parents, patients, familes, and staff in their search for medical or clinical information. She creates a welcoming atmosphere that puts parents at ease and nothing gives her greater pleasure than to share a smile with a child. We are fortunate that CeCe chose to join us.

Mrs. Lewis

Mrs. Lewis is a librarian at Lakewood library and totally excellent in everything she does. Especially caring for the public. She is totally knowledgeable, kind, patient and thorough. We could all learn a lesson from her.

Clarice Weeks

I first met Mrs. Clarice Weeks during my first year of college. I needed help with a project one of my professors assigned. My classmates and I did not know where to start, so we came to the library for assistance. Mrs. Weeks helped us without hesitation. She took the time to answer questions and assist us without a problem or any impatience. When we as first year students became discouraged, she encouraged us to keep at it and finish strong. My relationship with Mrs. Weeks went from being student vs. faculty to a relationship that words cannot describe. She is my SHERO. She is my mentor, my sorority sister, my librarian, and my on-campus Mom. She is one I can confide in and she is one that helps me channel my senioritis. Mrs. Weeks is a critical part of the strong foundation of the Paul Quinn College campus community. She is the heart of the student body. All students love Mrs. Weeks. She is sets high expectations, manages the libra ry with a firm hand, and offers a warm smile and love each time a student walks into the library.

She is a staff of one person with a few student employees. She never misses a day and maintains the hours of the library from 8 am – 8:30 pm Monday-Thursday and 8 am – 5:30 pm on Fridays. She even staffs the library on weekends for students with special projects and for late night study during finals week. She has been positively impacting our campus for over 10 years. When alumni come back to campus, they specifically ask “Is Mrs. Weeks still here”.

She also contributes to the broader campus community by teaching first experience classes, serving as the Faculty Athletic Representative for eligibility compliance, planning and hosting events including book signings, art and archive exhibits, and alumni and community activities.

In closing as I look toward graduate I say to you who would not want a librarian like Mrs. Clarice Weeks. She is not only the campus librarian but an educator, counselor, tutor, friend, encourager, campus historian, event planner, and the number one student advocate. These are just a few of the reasons why Mrs. Clarice Weeks deserved the honor of Big D Reads’ Librarian of the Year 2015.

Melanie Gibson

Melanie Gibson is a librarian who has made the school library relevant and active. She is a careful researcher who established what the library of the 21st century should be like and then set about building it. She has balanced a technology component of the library with databases, research capabilities, and understanding of copyright and MLA standards while also promoting a comfortable place to read and explore.
Within the English curriculum, Ms. Gibson supports the teachers with helping them choose thought provoking books for reading lists that help develop students’ growth in social awareness, maturity, and understanding of the human condition. She teaches students about the relevance of libraries, research skills, database and web queries, the pitfalls of plagiarism, and the perils of censorship.
She is an active member of the GeoTech committee which works hard to bring speakers to the school to support students’ awareness of and active participation in social justice issues. She has been a major force in bringing authors to the school to discuss their books and their position on certain issues. This school year saw Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking”, discussing the death penalty with students and parents after a school wide cross-curricular reading of the book in upper classes. Sessions with students before the author visit helped hone understanding and appreciation of the issues so that greater value came of the interaction between author and students.
The library is a comfortable and safe place. Whereas there is plenty of technology available for students, it is first and foremost a place to explore and read books. Displays throughout the year bring attention to global issues and special events such as Banned Books Week as well as highlighting new and exciting books to read. Book Clubs foster students’ interests and promote reading for the love of it. Special attention is given to varied interests from graphic novels to poetry, with poetry celebrated though awareness events and poet visits. A library website also supports students’ interests and promotes discussion. Comfortable chairs and an inviting atmosphere make one want to linger.
The library is also the site of many community events from meetings to social gatherings. Ms. Gibson always uses this to her advantage to promote the position of the library within the school to the community and involve parents and interested parties in library awareness and the importance of reading. As a school with a middle school, she ensures that there is plenty of opportunities for younger students to become engaged in many different areas from blogs to poetry slams.
On a very small budget Ms. Gibson includes the latest books and technology. She has the discipline to weed books periodically and monitor expenses carefully. She looks for opportunities to raise funds for new programs such as a rotation of e-readers to lend to students and making more books available through e-books. The library is efficient and well maintained, but mostly Ms. Gibson has made it a great and enjoyable place to be.

Paige Poe

Paige is a great Children’s Librarian! All the kids love her sweet spirit and giving heart! She is enthusiastic about implementing new children’s programs and getting children excited about reading. Children love coming to the library to see what’s next and new.
Paige is generous with her time and talent. The children can tell that she really cares about them personally. Sometimes just one caring adult can really make a difference in the life of a child! Paige cares and lets each child know that!
We love you, Paige, and want you to know that what you do each day is important!

Paige is a great children’s librarian, she always goes above and beyond on her children’s programs. She also has been doing double duty at another Dallas Public Library Branch as the Childrens’ Librarian. She always has crowds of kids.

Ray Sablack

Nestled in the midst of three high schools (Adamson, Sunset, and Dallas Can Academy), the North Oak Cliff Branch of the Dallas Public Library is proud to be a major education resource for future generations. Surrounded by the massive Bishop Arts District complex and the Jefferson Blvd. Restoration Project, this library embraces all challenges presented by our diverse society. Ray Sablack is Manager of the library. With a wealth of experience in all phases of library science, Ray is very happy in his position. All have benefited from his many innovative programs. And he’s just getting started. It’s an honor for me to recommend Mr. Sablack for D Magazine’s Librarian of the year. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that this gentleman is the most outstanding librarian in the metroplex.
From the start, Ray emphasized his desire for personnel to be community service oriented. He felt that good service combined with an interest in civic involvement, would stimulate interpersonal relationships with library patrons. And this should be delivered in a friendly, consistent, and professional manner. Ray encouraged personnel to share their interests and hobbies with patrons. One associate organized a grocery store coupon club within the library. This club seemed to stimulate increased library usage among the targeted audience. The club allowed patrons to become familiar with grocery store bar-codes, and ways of empathetically conducting themselves in the stores when shopping with coupons. Grocery store personnel were extended invitations to speak. This club has had another benefit: An intercultural melting pot, especially among mothers.
Ray seems to have a special part in his heart dedicated to nurturing hidden talents in children. Popular activities that are personally conducted by Ray include: (1) “Tail-wagging Tutors”, in which docile dogs are read to by children, (2) Festivals held to celebrate Batman’s 75th anniversary, (3) “Star Wars Reads” Day, an introduction to the universe, and (4) “Get Loud at the Library”, which introduced hearing loss during National Audiology Month.
Sablack established an area along a back wall that is dedicated to exhibiting art paintings of skilled amateur artists. This area has proven to be very popular for strolling (exercising in the library). Continuing with this art theme, Ray plans to have library art seminars, and hopes to develop a laboratory (studio) of sorts that will encompass all the basics of an art institute, from critical analysis of art works, to color mixing, and actually producing museum quality pieces. This could prove to be stimulating and lucrative to an, until now, unbeknownst artistic genius.
The North Oak Cliff library has taken on the personality of its fearless leader. Upon entering the facility one is impressed by the quiet undercurrent hums that are indicative of conferences, meetings, and greetings from library personnel. Since Ray Sablack has become Manager, library supporters now number in the hundreds. Also, the library now includes a large area devoted to LGBT subjects. Lastly, the library’s volunteers include all age groups, and many individuals with varying disabilities.

Matthew Shank

He was very helpful in assisting me in learning how to use my kindle to download e-books from the library catalogs.

Matt has consistently gone over and above the call of duty in order to help people in any way he can. He is knowledgeable on many subject matters and book recommendations. He visits the public schools to promote literacy and library awareness. Matt has a unique way of making kids feel special and excited to read books, not just to play video games. He has started reading clubs, and game nights. He is friendly and helpful and never too busy to help people. He connects well with people and remembers names. People come to the library and ask for him personally.
He is particularly knowledgeable in using computers to find information that normal search engines don’t access. If you are doing research, his expertise is invaluable.
He is an asset to the Oak Lawn branch and community and deserves to be recognized.

Matthew is still relatively new to the profession, having served two years as librarian at the Oak Lawn Branch. Eager to learn, he accepts new challenges willingly and with a good attitude. Matthew’s attitude is what I most admire about him. He tackles the most challenging reference question, facility issue, or patron behavior issue with a good attitude and always tries to add an uplifting joke when possible. Patrons appreciate Matthew’s customer service, but he shines brightest when helping folks with technology. Matthew shows an enormous amount of patience as he guides folks through job applications, resume formatting, and even downloading books and audiobooks to their portable device.

Matthew is a resource many here at the Oaklawn Library people seek out on a multitude of topics. His dedication in showing his quality attention to clients is beyond his duties, especially the children he tutors and mentors. The kids are enthralled by his manner in teaching. Their faces beam with undivided attention and eagerness..He is much appreciated by the public at large, his peers and many of us as patrons have indeed found a quality of genuine professionalism and caring. Good luck to our friend and librarian Matthew in and and all his endeavors.

Matthew has been at the Oak Lawn Branch for about 2 years. He had some successful children’s programming and has an active following for his gaming and zumba classes each month. He is involved in the local schools in outreach, PTA meetings and conducts library card sign-ups on a regular basis. He hosts a monthly book/movie club and has a regular group that keep coming back. He has done a lot behind the scenes as well- collection development, shifting, cleaning, and helping to train new staff. As the most senior member of the branch, the community likes him and he even has regular customers that come to him specifically. He has helped the Oak Lawn Branch become a community library and he deserves to be recognized.

May Shen

May Shen is probably one of the most dedicated children’s librarians to ever grace Dallas Public Library. For several years she has developed innovative children’s programming and has been extremely active in her outreach to schools and the broader community. Having worked next to her for a number of years and seen how engaged she is and how helpful she is to the public and to her co-workers at the library, I feel that it is time that she get the recognition she deserves.

Stephen Fagg

Stephen approaches all types of library questions with the utmost of enthusiasm and professionalism combined. What a great combination! He also seems to know something about everything – whether it be fuel cell vehicles or trends in student research papers. I know that I have benefited from his ideas and knowledge and would guess that many other patrons have benefited as well. Finally, he organizes interesting and innovative events, such as the upcoming New Year’s eve Athen’s time (4 pm Dallas time) – last year Paris and next year perhaps moving to a new location as fits with library closing time. He also recently celebrated a big anniversary with the library – 25 years, I believe. Thank you for your service to our community, Stephen!

In every case that I have spoken with Steven for assistance, he has been there and many times has walked me to the book section that I am interested. He is sociable and considerate. He is exceptional. I nominate him with enthusiasm. Thank you.

Kraig Willis

Kraig Willis is a librarian extraordinaire. He has been with Dallas Public Library for 18 years starting out in the Acquisitions department, becoming an Assistant Manager in the Children’s Center at the Central Library, opening a new branch that was paired with a DISD school as the manager, and finally moving into the Administrative side of the library as the Assistant Director of Public Services. Kraig cares about his customers and staff. He sees the Library not just as a place that houses books, but as a community center that has the power to bring people together and to change lives. He has encouraged the library staff to be creative in ways to draw people into the library — people who may have never dreamed of stepping foot in a library. He deals with a lot of customer issues, but always finds ways to satisfy customers even if the solution is not quite what the customer wanted. Kraig has mentored many librarians over the years and in this way he is shaping the library of the future. He is level-headed, compassionate and above all has common sense. If you are fortunate enough to have worked for him, with him, or to have had him help your child find a biography on Abraham Lincoln for a report due the next day, then you truly have met the Dallas Librarian of the Year.

LaTari Thompson

LaTari is an excellent example of a community librarian. She has the best attitude and is always ready to try out new ideas for her community. If there is a need for volunteers for a project in the library she is always first to volunteer. She is kind, extremely organized and a pleasure to have on our team.

LaTari deserves to be recognized because she is a hard worker. Loves to help people, serves her community, and is a team player. She is an excellent manager and all of her staff loves her. She is the manager at Polk-Wisdom Branch. LaTari does storytime, crafty saturday, trainings, outreach and etc. She is the all around librarian.

Jenna Yoder

Jenna has a great love for kids and educating them through story and fun. She is uninhibited in her approach to reading and teaching and getting kids involved in books and play. I see growth in the library and the programs with her direction.

Sarah Boeglin

Sarah works hard to keep all aspects of her Lochwood Library clean, accessible, user friendly and wonderful inside and out. She keeps track of all things going on in and around her library and makes sure that it always looks top-notch. She even cares what her landscaping looks like to make her library appear nicer for those who come to visit!

Debbie Rubin

She encourages patrons to make the best use of the library. She organized thebSkillman Players group, a Group of older people who present plays at the library, nursing homes, etc. She heads the book club at Skillman. She handles her staff well & is most appreciative of her volunteers.

Debbie has served as a librarian in the Dallas Public Library organization for many years and is currently the Branch Manager at Skillman Southwestern Library (SSL). She has demonstrated extreme knowledge and skill throughout her career. Debbie is always able to help patrons with any issue. She is committed to excellent customer service and also provides outstanding support to her staff and coworkers. Debbie initiated several efforts with the SSL Friends group that resulted in such items as new children’s furniture and updates to adult furniture, numerous children’s programs, senior acting workshops, new books, materials and equipment and many smaller improvements that benefit customers. Debbie conducts a well-attended and lively monthly book club that is open to all. Finally, Debbie is dedicated to her branch and to the Dallas Public Library as a whole. She deserves the recognition of Librarian of the Year.

Palimore Bradley

 Christopher Reeve once said that a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Mrs. Bradley is a superhero librarian. She goes over and beyond the call of duty daily to meet the needs of our students. She ensures that students have a joy for literature as the school librarian. McShan Elementary serves refugee and immigrant students from all over the world. She embraces their cultures and supports their literacy development daily. In her beautiful library, she reads to students and conducts mini-lessons in reading to extend the instruction within the classroom . During the course of her school day, she also tutors and provide reading and writing support to further develop their oral language and literacy skills. Mrs. Bradley works closely with community partners to bring in book donations for students annually since many of our students do not have a lot of resources at home. She gives of her time outside of school and tutors on Saturdays and after school to further support our scholars in need of academic support. She helps to ignite a love for literature for every child. She has a caring spirit and works with her colleagues closely to support reading initiatives at our school. Her enthusiasm for books makes students love to read.

Mrs. Bradley has even adopted a kindergarten student and works with him daily on behavioral and academic skills. It is a joy to see our little scholar grow in his abilities as a result of the instruction and additional attention received. The two of them have a natural connection and he is blossoming. Mrs.Bradley hosts book fairs and supports technology access for parents in the library. She serves on several committees and further assists teachers with technology and resources to support their instruction. It is a pleasure to have Mrs. Bradley as our librarian. She is very deserving of this honor for her service and dedication to her profession, our school, and greater community. She is more than a librarian. She is a counselor, an educator, and most important an advocate for students.

Dr. Rosenid Hernández-Badía

 I write in enthusiastic support to nominate Dr. Rosenid Hernández-Badía for the Big D Reads librarian award. Dr. Hernández-Badía goes above and beyond to inspire many to read and lead! She builds a community of creative learners and helps the students achieve a higher level of thinking by highlighting the best in each individual. She mentored a co-worker in food services earn her high school diploma and changed her life.
Dr. Hernández-Badía eagerly embraces challenging opportunities and creates a fun environment where everyone is welcomed and designs events at the library that include sessions on resumé-writing and job interviewing skills for parents and the community. She works with teachers to find additional resources to strenghten their lessons.
Dr. Hernández-Badía takes time to talk and interact with families during outreach programs enbracing genuine interest, encouragement, and warmth to every aspect of her work. The students and families love her giving spirit and teaching strategies. She has my very highest recommendation.
She grew up San Juan, Puerto Rico and has lived in Miami, the U.S. Virgin Islands and arrived to Dallas in 2006. Her first role in the district was as a science teacher at J.L. Long Middle School. She trained bilingual librarians and this opened the doors to utilize her expertise in education and impact all of the school’s students, teachers, parents and staff. Her first post as a librarian was at Skyline High School, where she immediately began designing programs that complemented the school’s trade and college-prep paths. She quickly discovered the key to getting students interested in the library was to introduce them to research techniques with non-traditional avenues that included art contests and designing activities for events like Earth Day. Now at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, she continues to explore new ways to excite children about learning.
Dr. Hernández-Badía published “2014 Falcon’s Anthology: Benjamin Franklin Middle School”. Once again she collaborated with outstanding school community (parents, teachers, staff, community, administrators and students) to create this Anthology. She remarked, “I am a true believer that every student has the capacity to excellence. We, as educators, are instruments to expose them to all types of learning experiences. Like John Dewey said, we learn by doing. The empowerment and self-confidence that each one of our students obtained through the planning-researching-creating-writing-editing-sharing-presenting to the community of their original written work, has been a marvelous experience, invaluable.”
Dr. Hernández-Badía is a literacy, community service, biology, researcher and environmental advocate. She is a renaissance woman with a diverse background that encompasses training and education as a: media specialist, small vessel navigator, first aid, CPR, researcher, scuba diving instructor, biologist, grant writer, program director/coordinator, faculty director, teacher and adult/higher educator and more! She was named the Dallas ISD 2013-2014 Librarian of the Year.
Dr. Hernández-Badía participates actively in various professional associations (REFORMA, DASL, AASL, TLA ASCD, NEA, PDK, NAUI, and others) as a member, in leadership positions (Vice President, President, Secretary & committee chair).

I write in enthusiastic support to nominate Dr. Rosenid Hernández-Badía for the Big D Reads librarian award. Dr. Hernández-Badía goes above and beyond to inspire many to read and lead! She builds a community of creative learners and helps the students achieve a higher level of thinking by highlighting the best in each individual. She mentored a co-worker in food services to earn her high school diploma and changed her life.
Dr. Hernández-Badía eagerly embraces challenging opportunities and creates a fun environment where everyone is welcomed and designs events at the library that include sessions on resumé-writing and job interviewing skills for parents and the community. She works with teachers to find additional resources to strenghten their lessons.
Dr. Hernández-Badía takes time to talk and interact with families during outreach programs enbracing genuine interest, encouragement, and warmth to every aspect of her work. The students and families love her; there is no other word for it. She has my very highest recommendation.
She grew up San Juan, Puerto Rico and has lived in Miami, the U.S. Virgin Islands and arrived to Dallas in 2006. Her first role in the district was as a science teacher at J.L. Long Middle School. She trained bilingual librarians and this opened the doors to utilize her expertise in education and impact all of the school’s students, teachers, parents and staff. Her first post as a librarian was at Skyline High School, where she immediately began designing programs that complemented the school’s trade and college-prep paths. She quickly discovered the key to getting students interested in the library was to introduce them to research techniques with non-traditional avenues that included art contests and designing activities for events like Earth Day. Now at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, she continues to explore new ways to excite children about learning.
Dr. Hernández-Badía published 2014 Falcon’s Anthology: Benjamin Franklin Middle School. Once again she collaborated with outstanding school community (parents, teachers, staff, community, administrators and students) to create this Anthology. She remarked, “I am a true believer that every student has the capacity to excellence. We, as educators, are instruments to expose them to all types of learning experiences. Like John Dewey said, we learn by doing. The empowerment and self-confidence that each one of our students obtained through the planning-researching-creating-writing-editing-sharing-presenting to the community of their original written work, has been a marvelous experience, invaluable.”
Dr. Hernández-Badía is a literacy, community service, biology, researcher and environmental advocate. She is a renaissance woman with a diverse background that encompasses training and education as a: media specialist, small vessel navigator, first aid, CPR, researcher, scuba diving instructor, biologist, grant writer, program director/coordinator, faculty director, teacher and adult/higher educator and more! Dr. Hernández-Badía was named the Dallas ISD 2013-2014 Librarian of the Year.
Dr. Hernández-Badía participates actively in various professional associations (REFORMA, DASL, AASL, TLA ASCD, NEA, PDK, NAUI, and others) as a member, in leadership positions (Vice President, President, Secretary & committee chair).

Sharon Forinash

Sharon has inspired the third through fifth graders to love science by having really great science programs and experiments. Sharon has caused our “Baby Bounce” story time to grow from 10-20 people attending to 60-100 depending on the story. The kids now WANT books as many as the Parents will let them checkout. She inspires us all to promote quality reading.

The Lochwood Branch Library is very fortunate to count Sharon Forinash on its staff. She brings spunky, boundless enthusiasm to everything she touches. Whether it’s introducing and growing the weekly Baby Bounce Basics program or the Preschool Storytime which weekly has forty to sixty participants, or whether it’s assisting children with one of the fun science experiments as part of the monthly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program for 1st through 5th graders that she initiated, she remains a creative and strong advocate for the library and its programs. It is apparent that this mother of six children (from high school age to Masters’ graduates), who decided to pursue her Masters in Library Science later in life, has brought a certain practical wisdom born of experience to the benefit of our library. So when Sharon’s finding creative and innovative ways of making learning fun for children, helpin g a patron apply for a job online and being excited when they received two job offers in return, creating literacy videos, providing storytime at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center, representing the Dallas Public Library in the community, functioning as a liaison with local schools, encouraging students to display their artwork at the library, partnering with the YMCA-White Rock to encourage teen participation in the library, or working with teens to fulfill their community volunteer requirements, Sharon Forinash remains our goodwill library ambassador and is worthy of your consideration as a recipient for the 2015 Big D Reads Librarian of the Year.

Jo Giudice

Mary Jo Giudice is the new (about 1 year) Director of the Dallas Public Library (DPL). She came through the ranks from Branch Manager, an Administrator and now Director. The things that impress me the most about “Jo” as she likes to be called, is her kind and open way with staff and cutomers alike. I’ve seen her moved from tears to glee at library events. She takes a grassroots approach, helping all, from her ideas on working with homeless customers to her support of big name pograms. Despite her easy-going manner she’s not afraid to tackle hard issues either. She figures out ways to promote the Library from within and without. She’s brought a fresh and optimistic approach to work and play at DPL. Who could ask for more.

Karen Harris

Karen Harris is an exceptional educator who is always focused on students and on making a positive difference on our campus and community. She exemplifies what a librarian should be beyond the library and reading initiatives. In addition to traditional librarian duties of promoting and managing a large library at an urban city campus with over 2,100 students, she is a true educator that works daily with our special education students. Ms. Harris has taken the initiative to write grants to support our special education students. She teaches daily lessons to students and is able to bring a smile to the faces of the students she interacts with on a daily basis. Ms. Harris has a caring heart and a love for teaching children. She continues to be an advocate for students and is also responsible for our campus website. On the website she is able to keep up with all the daily activities that are taking place on our calendar. In addition to sharing the great things that are happening on our campus, she keeps up with the Molina calendar, parent information pages, our site-based decision meeting agendas, and is part of the emergency operations team. Her influence extends beyond the walls of Molina High School to other librarians in the district and to our community. Attributes that you think about when you talk about Ms. Harris include: admirable, calm, caring, cheerful, humble, and selfless. Here are some specific examples on why Ms. Karen Harris is an exemplary person to be honored as librarian of the year.
* advocates for literacy, helping people at any age learn to read and encouraging everyone to find a good book.
– Partners with neighboring elementary schools to have high school students read to elementary students
– Tracks lexile levels and matches high school students with appropriate grade level books
– Leads campus initiatives that promote reading throughout the entire year
* increases access to information through a variety of media. He or she understands that ignorance is not bliss. Knowledge empowers.
– Comfortable with technology and manages two areas of the library with over 60 computers
– Develops all information for campus website and sets links that students can use for research and assistance with content
* enhances the library experience through innovative projects and ideas.
– Assisted in the conversion of part of our library into a “coffee bar” that allows students time to read and use hand-held technology to access information and continue learning
– Earned a masters in library services and incorporates innovative reading ideas that encourage students to read
– Advocate for having flexible library hours. Library is open as early as 7:00 AM and it remains open until 6:00 PM for student use
* expands the role of the library in the community.
– Holds community events that promote reading
– Library hosts monthly coffee with the principal meetings
– Reaches out to community members for career day and motivational speaking for our students

Julio Velasquez

Julio is the most sincere, genuine person and the Dallas Library System is so lucky to have him. He is kind, innovative, and a true asset to any library system. He would
make a wonderful Librarian of the Year because he sets a good example to other public staff to show kindness and compassion to the residents of Dallas.

Brian at Skillman Southwestern

I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t know Brian’s last name. When I nominated him last year, I swore I’d correct that error as he deserves to be recognized. However, the year has passed, and I realized why I don’t know this detail- Brian makes my time in the library about me! From having my pile of books ready to easily engaging me in conversations about my catalog choices, my day, etc., Brian ensures that my experience is centered on me. While I’d like to say I’m flattered, I know Brian extends this professional courtesy to all of he library patrons. We have a very diverse neighborhood, and I’ve watched Brian patiently connect new patrons young and old to the extensive resources the library provides. This type of customized service is what a public resource an individual treasure. Again, ,any thanks to Brian and the Skillman Southwestern staff!

Sharon Martin

She has taken a small library that was once run by the Friends organization and taken it to truly be a community library. They have programs for all ages and participate in the community activities. She is highly recognized with the city of University Park and both her staff and the community love her. She is one my favorite people and I know lots of others who can say the same thing!

Jill Bellomy

Jill Bellomy is the pied piper of librarians. Where she is, you’ll inevitably find a group of students or teachers or parents, and you can bet there will be talk of books and authors accompanied by laughter. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious, and her ideas to encourage students to enjoy books and reading are creative and fun. You may see her wearing a beret and organizing a poetry slam, hosting an author visit, or blogging about the dozens of books she reads each year to recommend to her students. Jill is savvy, she’s zany, and she’s #gotgrit.
Jill has served on the Texas Lone Star reading list sponsored by the Texas Library Association. She will soon begin an serving in an elected position on the prestigious Caldecott selection committee with the Association of Library Service to Children of the American Library Association.
Jill is the librarian that students will remember long after they have forgotten the names of the books she recommends that turn them into readers.

Albi Calman

She’s amazing and the kids love her. I like that she goes room to room sharing books and will even hold a reading story at the end of the hallway. I’m sure we don’t thank her enough, but she’s amazing!!!!!! She deserves this award!

Albi has gone above and beyond assisting my patients and myself in finding the appropriate reading materials during their stay at the hospital. She will check her resources from both Dallas and Plano campuses to try and find the exact needs for the patients. Additionally, she has the most wonderful stories to share and crafts to teach the patients when they come to visit. She has a warm and comforting spirit that makes you feel right at home when talking to her.

Chelsea Wells

Chelsea Wells’ influence extends beyond her own campus, and her commitment to literacy is second-to-none. Chelsea’s TJ Wordsmiths creative writing group is a model for the district.

Juan Moa Jr.

Dedicated librarian to City of Dallas Cedar Springs branch.

Sheila Ortega

 Our librarian shares new titles for the year, plans special projects with teachers, and coordinates a number of school-wide reading initiatives. Students benefit from the chess club she sponsors. Our librarian coordinate Reading Is Fundamental program at least twice a year and finds sponsors to match donations to enhance the number of books we give each student each school year. Our librarian also is the technology expert on our campus, finding creative distance-learning opportunities for lesson activities that enhance classroom learning experiences. With field trip options being limited, our librarian creatively seeks ways to make our budget go the distance.

Theresa Anderson

 Theresa has a way with people. Hired in 2004, she has spent the past 10 years working hard to restructure the library and to engage students. The one thing that makes Theresa so special is her enthusiasm for her role and what it can do for the school. She has a relaxed attitude and ability to adjust to almost any type of change, which makes her a key employee, understated asset and true gem in a culture that has changed in a way that’s representative of South Dallas as a whole. She is a true librarian and champion of her station for her kids, no matter how young or old. Her ideas are truly creative and she is heard without having to shout, which shows how respected she is in her school.

Maria Rodriguez

 Let me begin by saying, there is not enough space available to list reasons why Mrs. Rodriguez should be recognized. In short Mrs. Rodriguez is the heart, the brain and the limbs of our school. She is EVERYTHING to us!

Allow me to simply list only Four of her attributes:
1). She is innovative. This year’s Scholastic Book Fair theme had a medieval-bent. Mrs. Rodriguez transformed the entire library into castle with make-believe fire sconces and knights.
2) She is a team-builder. Whatever special programs or events she is sponsoring or working with at Hill, she assigns the entire faculty duties. By involving everyone builds a much more cohesive and strong workplace environment.
3). She is resourceful. Mrs. Rodriguez finds a way to stock the library with any of the latest technology, reading material, and gadgets students can use. If DISD tells her “…No, you can’t have that…”. Mrs. Rodriguez makes it her mission to find other avenues to procure whatever the students or faculty need at Hill. She has a list of sponsors, parents, and community members she calls on from time-to-time who cannot tell her “No”.
4). She is a caring soul who is extra, extra nice. Mrs. Rodriguez does not know how to say “No”. She finds a number of ways for anyone and everyone to have a positive experience not just in the library but wherever she sees someone in need. Each year she sponsors an “Angel-Tree” Christmas Gift Event through the Salvation Army. And every year she has won the distinct honor of collecting and donating the most gifts for children. She is proud of winning because this demonstrates her love and selfless attitude towards others.
4). She is extremely knowledgeable. If you ever ask Mrs. Rodriguez a question, she may say the words, “I don’t know” but she is almost sure to add, “But I will research that and get back to you.” If you have a dilemma that is non-school related you will get the same response. She is always willing to go the extra mile to meet whatever needs someone has.
5). She is a beautiful lady inwardly and outwardly. Mrs. Rodriguez has a smile as big and as beautiful as the State of Texas. She wears this smile all the day long. It doesn’t matter if you see her at 7:00 A.M. or at 7:00 P.M. she is still blaring that smile and sharing an encouraging word or thought with whomever she encounters.

Mrs. Rodriguez deserves this recognition for so many reasons and for so many wonderful things she has done. But mainly Mrs. Rodriguez deserves this honor because whatever she does and whenever she does it, it comes straight from her heart. Which is why I want to nominate Mrs. Rodriguez for Librarian of the Year! She is already a winner to us.

Terri Moore

 Terri is an amazing school librarian. She actively gets students more interested in library services both in her school library and at branch libraries as well. Terri partners with public library staff to make sure they can attend school events such as PTA meetings, poetry nights and career days so they can team up on the kids. She lets students knows about opportunities to attend programs and makes sure to encourage students to introduce themselves to library staff. She is a true team player that gets the big picture and encourages her students in any way she can.