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Recognize Excellence. 
Nominate a Librarian, Support Staff, or Administrator for a MASL Award.

Nomination deadline EXTENDED to February 26, 2016.

The Maine Association of School Libraries has three awards to recognize individual contributions to Maine school libraries. 

Walter J. Taranko School Librarian Award

The WJT Award is intended to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the school librarian profession at local and/or state levels.

**Note that the Award Form has been revised**

MASL Library Support Staff Award 

The MASL Library Support Staff Award is intended to honor support staffers who have made a significant contribution to their local school library media program and/or has demonstrated commitment to those efforts at the state level.

MASL School Administrator Award

The MASL School Administrator Award is intended to honor administrators who, through individual leadership and sustained effort, have made worthy contributions to the operations of effective school library media services within the educational program. 

Nominations for these awards may come from:

  1. MASL members
  2. Teachers and administrators
  3. Maine Department of Education or Maine State Library staff

ALA Breakfast in Boston with the author Ruta Sepetys  to promote and discuss her book Salt to the Sea (Mid-Winter conference January 2016).  If you look closely, you'll see Maine represented by MASL board members Tina Taggart, Julie Williams, and Peggy Becksvoort.

"Three of us were able to attend the Perma-Bound breakfast that featured author Ruta Sepetys and her newest book, Salt to the Sea. Meeting authors and hearing their stories is another of the meaningful events at any ALA conference. This breakfast gave the invitees an opportunity to hear the story behind the novel. Author Sepetys encouraged us to track down our relatives with stories of hardships and gather them for future generations. I encourage middle and high schools to shelve Salt to the Sea in their historical fiction sections and to share it with both social studies and ELA teachers. It sheds a heartbreaking look at an unknown part of the end of WWII. You will want to read it." - Peggy Beckvoort

The Many Voices of MASL: 
Fall 2015 Survey Results


Upcoming events

05 Mar 2016 9:00 AM (EST) • Maine State Library 230 State Street Augusta ME 04333
02 Apr 2016 9:00 AM (EDT) • Brewer High School 79 Parkway S, Brewer, ME 04412
30 Apr 2016 9:00 AM (EDT) • Brewer High School 79 Parkway S, Brewer, ME 04412


Resource Corner

Did you know that School Librarians have been identified as an area of need in the State of Maine? This means you can have partial loan forgiveness for your education.  For more information, please visit the FAME website under Educators.  Or follow this link.


Recent blog posts

MASL also thanks Melora Norman for sharing her complete report of the ALA Mid-Winter 2016 conference in Boston.  She stated that --

"There was much to interest school librarians at the annual Midwinter meeting of the 2016 American Library Association recently held in Boston."  

Read the rest of her experiences here.

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