April 23, 2018

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Will You Be Our Next Celebrity School Librarian?

It’s not too late to enter our 2016 School Librarian of the Year (SLOY) Award. Any librarian who works in any K–12 school in the United States is eligible. We’re looking for compelling stories about stellar use of 21st-century tools and services to foster multiple literacies in children and teens.

Applicants will be in the running for a $2,500 cash prize, $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing, and will be the star of a feature article in the September 2016 issue of SLJ. Two finalists will each snag $500 in materials of their choice from Scholastic Library Publishing and will be featured with the winner on SLJ.com.

We know what you’re thinking, and the answer is yes. You can most definitely nominate yourself! But whether you toot your own horn, introduce us to your best school librarian bud, or pay homage to that colleague you’ve admired from afar, do it now, while you’re thinking about it! The deadline is May 20.

Those who prevailed in 2014 and 2015 went on to even more successful careers. (Hey, not even the winners of American Idol can all say that!) Case in point: Kristina Holtzweiss, the incumbent. Hear what she—and her students—have to say to you.

Let’s not forget 2014 finalist Colleen Graves of Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, TX. She went on to become a 2016 Mover and Shaker. Here, she rallies others like her to enter:

Still not convinced you should throw your hat in the ring? Take a listen to what Andy Plemmons of David C. Barrow Elementary School in Athens, GA has to say. He, too, was a 2016 Mover and Shaker.

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