KLA honors three librarians

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By Melissa Gardner
melissa.gardner@campbell.kyschools.us

The Kentucky Library Association (KLA) held its awards luncheon Sept. 20 at the Galt House in Louisville. Tara Griffith who was president of KLA at the time of the ceremony, presented awards to three KASL members: Sam Northern, Kathy Mansfield and Donna Morris.

Simpson Elementary Librarian Sam Northern spent seven days exploring Antarctica as part of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program sponsored by National Geographic and Linblad Expeditions. Photo provided by Sam Northern
Simpson Elementary Librarian Sam Northern spent seven days exploring Antarctica as part of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program sponsored by National Geographic and Linblad Expeditions.
Photo provided by Sam Northern

Sam Northern, the librarian at Simpson Elementary (Simpson County), received the Kentucky Libraries Outstanding Feature Article award for his piece, “Lessons From Antarctica,” he wrote as a result from his experience in the Grosvenor Teaching Fellows program.

From left, Donna Morris, school librarian at Daniel Boone Elementary School (Madison County), and Tara Griffith, KLA past-president
From left, Donna Morris, school librarian at Daniel Boone Elementary School (Madison County), and Tara Griffith, KLA past-president

Donna Morris, school librarian at Daniel Boone Elementary School (Madison County) received the Intellectual Freedom Award. The Kentucky Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Award is given to an individual or group who has actively promoted intellectual freedom in Kentucky. Morris’ school received a challenge to the Dr. Seuss book, “If I Ran the Zoo.” As a result of her defense of the book, the title remains part of the library collection at her school.

Kathy Mansfield
Kathy Mansfield

Kathy Mansfield, retired library media consultant from the Kentucky Department of Education and a former school librarian, received the Kentucky Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given to a Kentucky librarian who has contributed significantly to the profession through publications, presentations and participation in professional library and/or information organizations. To be a nominee, one must have been a KLA member for at least 10 years and have a sustained record of service to the association.

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