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Librarians awarded for fostering innovative spaces

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Fort Zumwalt West High librarians Shannon Grieshaber and Nina O’Daniels with their awards for creating new and innovative library programming. (Source: Fort Zumwalt School District)

Fort Zumwalt West High librarians Shannon Grieshaber and Nina O’Daniels were recently honored by the Greater St. Louis School Librarians Organization, which named the West High library the 2019-2020 Secondary School Library Program of the Year. West High Principal Neil Berry was able to present the award on the organization’s behalf.

“Shannon and Nina were recognized for engaging students in innovative library programming,” Julie Jamieson, vice president of the Greater St. Louis School Librarians Organization, said.

“The West High Library is a busy, bustling and welcoming hub of the school, filled with positive energy and learning. It is definitely a space where the love of reading is nurtured.”

TheWest High’s librarians have brought many changes to the library, such as:

• Flexible seating, including booths, comfortable seating areas and tables for collaboration.

• A collaboration lab that includes a green screen and meeting tables/TVs for group projects.

• Break-out boxes and scavenger hunt activities for classes.

• Google glasses for virtual field trips.

Grieshaber and O’Daniels were key to St. Charles County’s One Read event last fall. Participants read “The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women” by Kate Moore. Both teachers and students at all four Fort Zumwalt high schools as well as at Wentzville’s Liberty High and users of the St. Charles City-County Library participated in the synchronized reading and discussion event.  

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