Mernie Maestas Wins a Year of Free AASL Membership

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/02/2021


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)


CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Mernie Maestas, school librarian in Missouri, has won a free year of AASL membership. Maestas's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Christine Manner to AASL, Maestas has been entered to win an AASL National Conference grand prize package, which includes registration, airfare, and hotel accommodations.

When asked why she recommends AASL membership to colleagues, Maestas replied: "AASL encourages me to be my best professional self. I am a better school librarian because I know the professional resources offered by AASL are the ones I need, I know my professional interests are being cared for in legislative matters, and I know I have a community to depend upon as I grow and learn. We can't do this important work alone, and AASL is there to support me, my library program, and ultimately my students. I highly recommend membership."

All current, personal AASL members are encouraged to invite their colleagues to join the only national professional organization focused on school librarians and the school library community. For each member recruited, the referring AASL member will receive an entry in a monthly drawing for a complimentary year of ALA and AASL membership. The referring AASL member will also be entered into a final drawing for an AASL National Conference grand prize package, which includes registration, three nights lodging, and roundtrip airfare to Salt Lake City, Utah, in October 2021. Multiple referrals will be accepted and will increase the member's chances to win.

To participate and earn entry into prize drawings, download the Share the Wealth membership form located on the AASL website. For complete program rules and regulations, visit

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