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The Howler Volume 14

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A student publication of Monarch High School since 1998. Louisville, CO

Gerrish has been working in the Monarch library for the last seven years. (Photo credit: Tyler Debord)

GERRISH WINS LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR “I

t feels surreal because you don’t expect to win something like this,” said Monarch librarian Beatrice Gerrish. This fall, Gerrish won Colorado Librarian of the Year for the 2011-2012 school year. Gerrish credits the students and teachers of Monarch High School. “I could be a phenomenal librarian, but it wouldn’t matter if you guys didn’t use the library,” said Gerrish. Gerrish is entering her fifth year as a Colorado Power Librarian, designated by the Highly Effective School Program of Colorado.. A factor that contributed to her success was a project called the Monarch Reading Challenge, which she worked on with Mystayn Barnes and Deann Bucher.The

goal of this project was to inspire students to read at least 25 books outside of class each year. Gerrish told Becky Russell, a representative from the Colorado Association of Libraries, about the project. After their conversation Gerrish said that Russell,“put me in for Colorado Librarian of the Year. I was going against university librarians and public librarians, so I didn’t tell anyone [about the nomination].” This statewide award is Monarch’s second in the past year. Science teacher Kristin Donley won Teacher of the Year last spring and Gerrish said, “To have both of us in the same place, it says that Monarch is on an upswing.” She added, “It’s a nice nod to Dr. Anderson

and the climate she’s creating. This kind of thing wouldn’t be happening if good things weren’t going on here.” Gerrish likes the direction Monarch is headed, and credits the school’s environment for her award saying, “The award came now because I’m in a school that’s pushing forward.” The qualities that Gerrish possesses also had a lot to do with winning the award. “I think I have a lot of energy,” Gerrish said. “ I’m not afraid to get messy and get overwhelmed.” A school librarian many duties to fulfill (i.e. helping students checkout books and shelving) but Gerrish said, “my whole job is

to support you and the teachers. It’s my seventh year, so I really feel like I get what the teachers are looking for from me.” She added, “If you can go that extra step for people it really pays off because if they need help with anything else, they’ll come and ask you.” Gerrish is appreciative of all of the recognition she has received. “It’s a nice pat on the back for all the hard work and time I put into it,” she said. “I think we’re adapting to the wants of our students today.” She will receive her award for Colorado Librarian of the Year on October 19th, 2012 at the annual conference of Colorado state librarians.

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