Elanco librarian honored for work with children
BY CAROLE DECK, Correspondent
Heather Smith, Eastern Lancaster County Library youth librarian, has received the 2013 Penguin Young Readers Group Award from the Association for Library Service to Children.
Smith is among four librarians to receive the award. The others are Janet Vogel, Frederick County (Md.) Public Libraries; Krissy Wick, Madison (Wis.) Public Library; and Andrea Vernola, Kalamazoo (Mich.) Public Library.
The award provides a $600 travel stipend for the four librarians to attend their first American Library Association's Annual Conference June 27 to July 2 in Chicago.
To receive the award, librarians had to demonstrate involvement in ALSC along with other professional/educational associations and initiate new programming or innovations as well as have had less than 10 years experience working directly with children in elementary, middle schools or public library.
Active programming, grant writing and reader recognition are among the activities developed by Smith. Her initiatives have included "Dance Me a Story," which encourages children ages 3 to 6 to act out a classic fairy tale through dance as well as "Danger Club," which provides science experiments for children ages 8 through 12. She also has helped set up the "Super Readers Council," which provides children with discussion skills by creating book talks and book trailers.
Smith's grant writing provides funding for parent-child workshops for early childhood professionals to work with parents and caregivers and teen reading lounge, an interactive literacy and art program for teens. Additionally, Smith has presented "I Can Read Wall of Fame" as a poster session at the 2012 Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference.
"The committee is delighted with the creativeness of the programming and amount of professional involvement," said Nancy Baumann, ALSC grant administration chair. "Attending the annual conference will be of great benefit to each recipient."
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