MHD School Libraries Score Big Thanks to FMPS Grant!

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Marblehead public school librarians were bursting with excitement and new ideas to share with students after returning from the American Library Midwinter Meeting in Boston. “It was an absolutely phenomenal experience,” says MVMS librarian Elizabeth Lutwak, who attended with her colleagues Allison Soghomonian from Village, Stephanie Colby from Glover/Gerry, Janet Mohler from Bell/Coffin, and Susan Shatford from MHS.

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“It was so cool to be sitting in a sea of librarians,” laughs Lutwak. They were able to swap ideas and techniques, learn about the latest in library technology and book trends–two growing areas are American history graphic novels and novels that address mental health issues–and attend the Youth Media Awards, including the announcements of the Caldecott and Newbery winners.

Of course, says Lutwak, the highlight of the weekend was meeting their students’ favorite authors and being able to return to Marblehead with the latest books for young readers. Lutwak says they scooped up over 120 new titles, including many signed copies from beloved authors like Margaret Peterson Haddix.

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“It really helped up firm up our summer reading lists,” she explained. “We are so grateful to the Friends for this opportunity. The President recently signed legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), recognizing the importance of school libraries and librarians, and the need to provide them with professional development. FMPS made this amazing professional development opportunity available to us, and we are very thankful.”

As the Marblehead High School librarian, I wanted to thank the Friends for sending me to the ALA Conference in Boston this weekend. It was such a wonderful experience for me! I got to network with librarians from as far away as Australia, in addition to many in MA. The book talks, peer discussions, award presentations and exhibits were incredible. I was able to connect with some of the vendors that the high school works with and meet some new ones with fabulous products that I am excited to add to the library web site. Thank you again FMPS!

— Susan Quamo Shatford