How about you? Do you know a librarian who deserves recognition for running a reading program for preschoolers? Or a librarian who recommends the best books evar? Or, perhaps, your librarian greets you with a smile when you walk through the door. Whatever the reason, you can nominate your favorite librarian for the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award!
Up to ten librarians will be recognized with $5000 at an awards ceremony hosted by the New York Times.
I met my favorite librarian when I was attending junior high school at Aviano Air Base, Italy. His name was Mr. Wolford and I thought he had the most incredible job – running the high school library. During the day, I would wander into the library and help Mr. Wolford arrange books on the shelves and, in return, he would set aside books for me that he thought I’d enjoy. During my ninth grade year, Mr. Wolford became a librarian in Bahrain and I lost track of him but he left a lasting impression on me.
There are almost as many different types of librarians as there are genres of books, and in an effort to educate people about the responsibilities of librarians, Bobbi organized a “Library Day in the Life” meme that has taken on a “life” of its own, becoming an annual event. So while you’re thinking about nominating your favorite public librarian, school library media specialist or academic librarian, please take some time to find out about the lives of other librarians.