The D C M O B O C E S School Library System named Otselic Valley’s 6th grade teacher Lori Youngs the 2019 Library Support Staff of the Year. Mrs. Youngs was nominated by Mrs. Julie Hammer, our school librarian, who had this to say:
Lori Youngs is a library enthusiast. She understands that the library is the center of literacy in our school. Including the library in our summer school program? Lori is an advocate, because student choice from a strong book collection is essential to building lifelong readers. E-books? Graphic novels? The Sunday comics? Readable non-fiction? Poetry? Picture books for all ages? Wordless books? Interlibrary loan? Bring them on. Lori uses all of these library materials in her student centered literacy curriculum.
'Reading is thinking,’ is Lori’s mantra. Real literacy -- not just words, but understanding, discussing, and sharing good books -- is the heart of her vision.
Lori thinks like a librarian, which is very high praise. She is a collaborator; we have spent many hours discussing units, digging deeper into curriculum, and finding resources to support student learning. She is open to new experiences and she loves books, but not all books (because what true reader loves all books?). Through her example and her making space in her classroom for students to find and read books they love, she thinks like a librarian.”
Notably, Mrs. Youngs’ award was accepted on her behalf by Mrs. Hammer and Superintendent Rob Berson. She couldn’t attend the special D C M O B O C E S library event because she was supporting her students during their 6th Grade Parent Breakfast and orientation for 7th Grade. Of course.
Congratulations, Mrs. Youngs, and thank you!