November 24, 2017

Kathy Shahbodaghi | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Innovators

Kathy Shahbodaghi, Columbus Metropolitan Library’s (CML)director for youth and teen services, had her aha moment long ago when she visited a school in a low-income neighborhood where student performance was poor. When her colleague showed kindergartners David Shannon’s book No, David! (Scholastic), several eagerly raised their hands. The teacher confided, “Those are the children who had been read to before they started school. I had to teach the rest howto listen to a book.”

Julie Scoskie | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Educators

Three years ago, Julie Scoskie, then director of community support and adult education for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, KY, never expected to be working in a library. When an opportunity arose to combine her passions of outreach and literacy, however, she couldn’t resist. With fierce determination, she has succeeded in securing partnerships and collaborations for Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) that have drawn the attention of the White House for innovative services to the community.

Shanika Heyward | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Change Agents

A teen single mother, Shanika Heyward began her library career as a work-study student from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. “I faced obstacles…that could have caused me to fail,” she says, “but grace, a strong support system, and a thirst for knowledge have allowed me to beat the odds.”

Heather Ketron | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Advocates

In 2013, when Heather Ketron became branch manager at Sterling Library, Loudoun County Public Library, she visited the local schools. “Everyone who worked in the [school] office spoke Spanish,” she says, because most residents were Latin American immigrants. So Ketron hired a Spanish-speaking staff member. She immediately began to address the community’s needs.

Carrie Lucas | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Change Agents

It takes a special kind of alchemy to create something from nothing, as Carrie Lucas did at the Laramie County Library System (LCLS). Originally, the large room on the second floor of the main library was used for story times and special programs and little else. Lucas transformed it into the Early Literacy Center (ELC) via an impressive three-year plan for phased implementation that she developed and presented to the library administration. “In the LCLS story time room space Carrie envisioned a place where children, parents, and caregivers could come and learn together simply by playing,” says coworker and nominator Carey Hartmann.