Rolling Out the Red Carpet for School Librarians

Posted Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 19:33
The Bammy statuette, with 14 concentric circles at its base to represent preschool through grade 12; a school bell above the circles; and an open-ended figure at the top to symbolize the impact of a good education. Photo courtesy of Bammy Awards

Have you ever heard the expression, “It’s an honor just to be nominated,” usually gushed by a celebrated entertainer after making the short list for an Oscar or what-have-you?  Well, it is. Just ask any of the five school librarians nominated for a Bammy (Body and Mind) Award in the new School Librarian category this year. In the words of finalist Jennifer Lagarde, the recognition “just helps reiterate the fact that teacher librarians are . . . (wait for it!) teachers.”  

Legarde’s fellow finalists are Shannon Miller, Joyce Valenza, Deven Black, and Matthew Winner. At the Bammy Awards’ second annual evening gala in Washington, D.C., on September 21. One of them—along with educators and advocates in 31 other categories—will receive a statuette in a glamorous black-tie, red-carpet ceremony designed “to help reverse the negative national narrative that dominates the education field” and “celebrate what’s right in education,” according to the award sponsor, the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International.

Regardless of who takes home the statuette, they are all winners—as are the youngsters who they teach. Read more about the Bammy Awards here.

Deven BlackUPDATE, SEPTEMBER 2: Deven Black received the inaugural Bammy Award for school librarians on September 21.