Frankfort, Ky. librarian selected for prestigious national public service honor

For Immediate Release
Mon, 12/01/2014

Contact:

Heather Cho

Media Relations Specialist

American Library Association

(312) 280-4020

hcho@ala.org

Jessica Elaine Holmes recipient of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/
New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

    
NEW YORK — Today, Jessica Elaine Holmes, librarian at Westridge Elementary School Library Media Center in Frankfort, Ky., will receive the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award for her outstanding public service to the community and ongoing commitment to changing lives through education. Holmes is one of only 10 librarians within the United States recognized this year for this esteemed honor.

Holmes has had a major impact on student learning and also transformed an outdated school library into a hub for school activities.

Holmes inherited a library that was only minimally used by students and staff. In less than one year, she has transformed the library into a warm and inviting place for everyone in the school.

Holmes promotes reading by directing the Battle of the Books competition for fourth- and fifth-grade students and coordinating such reading incentive programs as Pizza Hut Book It! and Lexington Legend’s Hit The Books. She also assists students in Book Fest, a literature-based program for gifted and talented students.

Holmes fosters a love of technology among students. She directs the Student Technology Leadership Program. Under the direction of Holmes, students discover new technologies and mediums. For example, she worked with students on a feature film which placed third in a state competition and recommends new software’s that enhance projects such as animation software Powtoon opposed to PowerPoint.  

As part of the award process, library users nominate librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. This year more than 1,000 library patrons submitted detailed stories regarding how their librarian had an impact on their communities and lives.

Holmes will receive a $5,000 prize at an award ceremony and reception held this evening in New York City, hosted by The New York Times.

There are a total of 165,986 certified librarians in the United States and more than 200,000 dedicated library workers who connect people with the information access and critical resources they need to support lifelong learning.

A complete list of the 2014 I Love My Librarian Award recipients can be found at ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.

About Carnegie Corporation of New York
Carnegie Corporation of New York was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 “to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation's work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy.

About The New York Times Company
The New York Times Company
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About the American Library Association
The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

The ALA administered the award through the Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.


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Contact:

Heather Cho
Media Relations Specialist
American Library Association
312-280-4020
hcho@ala.org

Celeste Ford
Carnegie Corporation of New York
212-207-6277
cfc@carnegie.org