Hoag’s children’s library named ‘Friend of Education’ by ACS

Photos by Tom Rivers: Teresa Gaylard, children’s librarian at Hoag Library, is presented with the Friend of Education award on Monday evening by Albion school officials including Della Morales, high school library media specialist; Sarah Jones, elementary school media specialist; and Kathy Harling, Board of Education president. Michael Bonnewell, the district superintendent, is in back.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 March 2020 at 8:49 am

Teresa Gaylard accepts the Friend of Education from Kathy Harling, president of the Albion BOE.

ALBION – Teresa Gaylard, the children’s librarian at Hoag Library, was recognized with the Friend of Education award on Monday evening by the Albion Central School district.

Gaylard has been the children’s librarian for about 2 ½ years. She works closely with the library media specialists at the elementary and high schools to promote programs at the school and Hoag Library.

“She goes above and beyond collaborating with us,” said Della Morales, the high school media specialist.

Gaylard works with the library leaders at the elementary and high schools for “Popcorn and Paperbacks,” where students read books in the school and come to the Hoag for popcorn and a book discussion.

Gaylard also attends many events at the school to promote Hoag as a resource for students and their families. She also participates in family literacy nights at the school, and runs an energetic summer reading program that keeps students engaged in reading in July and August.

Gaylard started in September 2017 as the children’s librarian at Hoag. She first began working at the former Swan Library when she was 19. She came back to Albion after 12 years as a librarian at the Dayton Metro Library.

Gaylard has made a mark at Hoag Library, updating the collection, attracting bigger crowds to library programs and connecting with the community.

Gaylard runs four weekly story times at Hoag, and often will dress up as characters. She reads the stories, incorporates a dance and ends the stories by blowing bubbles. The routine has proven popular with young children.

The Board of Education also recognized two elementary students with awards on Monday during the monthly BOE meeting.

• Dana Burns, a fourth-grader, received the Leadership Award for being a hard worker in class and helping some of his classmates when they are stuck on a problem.

• Tyson Brady, a fifth-grader, received the Character Award for bringing a positive attitude to school everyday, who doesn’t get easily frustrated and knows when to walk away from negative situations.

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