Georgia school named AASL 2008 National School Library Media Program of the Year
Congratulations to Luella Elementary School (Henry County) and to media specialist, Anne Wallace!
The American Association of School Librarians has chosen Luella Elementary as one of the 2008 National School Library Media Programs of the year. According to AASL, the award “honors school library media programs practicing their commitment to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information, as well as exemplifying implementation of Information Power. The award recognizes exemplary school library media programs that are fully integrated into the school’s curriculum.”
The official AASL press release states,
Luella Elementary School (LES), a four-year-old K-5 public school in Locust Grove, Ga., serves 1,010 students. LES recognizes its library media program as the “center of the school and community through a strong collection of books and materials to support the curriculum, professional resources, parenting resources and pleasure reading.” “Immediately upon entering Luella Elementary School, it is evident through architectural design and philosophy that the media center serves as the ‘hub of learning’ for the school,” said Jack Parish, superintendent of Henry County Schools.
The goals of the LES library media center are to: (1) meet and exceed standards in reading; (2) encourage parental support; (3) seek community support; (4) create an internal climate and (5) offer each visitor a safe and orderly environment.
Fran Roscello, NSLYMPY chair, said, “Luella Elementary School Library Media Program supports the many-faceted curriculum with an inviting and engaging atmosphere and culture. The various centers of interest engage the students and invite them to pursue their individual interests. The library media specialist and her support staff, with strong administrative and parental support, have developed a program that invites students to explore and enjoy reading and information seeking in an open flexible environment.”
Anne Wallace will receive the award at the AASL Awards Luncheon at the conference in Anaheim on June 30th. Look for her presentations at area conferences.