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Doby's Mill Elementary media specialist wins national award

Posted: December 15, 2011 4:38 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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Students at Doby’s Mill Elementary School lined the hallways Monday to cheer the school’s media specialist, Betsy Long, for her selection as one of 10 national winners of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/The New York Times “I Love My Librarian” Award. Long was the only South Carolinian tapped for the recognition.

Doby’s Mill Elementary School media specialist Betsy Long spreads the love of reading to her students every day. She received that same love back this week for her extraordinary efforts when she was named one of 10 national winners of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/The New York Times “I Love My Librarian” Award.

 “I am incredibly proud of Betsy, and it was quite amazing to be with her in New York to receive this recognition for Kershaw County School District,” said Doby’s Mill Elementary School Principal Ginger Catoe. “This honor is a true representation of the work she does for our school and community. Our school family is very proud of her!”  

 Catoe said Long’s advocacy efforts and community service projects that support literacy are evidence of the reason she was chosen from the nationwide pool for the award. 

 Since the opening in 2002 of Doby's Mill Elementary School, Long has doubled the library’s media collection and created an inviting learning space where students have participated in reenactments of visits to early 20th-century Ellis Island and a pen-pal exchange with students at a school in Africa. Long also created a morning exercise club for students that boosts their self-confidence while improving their mental and physical health.

 More than 1,700 library patrons nationwide nominated a librarian. A graduate of Appalachian State University, Long was the only South Carolinian selected for the award. 

 Each award winner received a $5,000 cash award and was honored at a ceremony and reception in New York hosted by The New York Times Dec. 8.  Nominations were open to librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. 

 Forty librarians nationwide have won the “I Love My Librarian” award since 2008. More information about the award recipients is available at http://atyourlibrary.org/ilovemylibrarian/2011-winners.

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