Gillette Librarian chosen for Texas Bluebonnet Award Selection Committee

Gillette Librarian chosen for Texas Bluebonnet Award Selection Committee
Posted on 02/03/2017

Gillette Elementary Librarian Lorie Laguna was selected to serve on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Selection Committee for the 2017-2020 term. She is the only librarian in San Antonio selected to serve on this statewide project.

The Texas Bluebonnet Award Selection Committee is composed of 15-20 librarians throughout the state who are responsible for choosing 20 books for the “Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List.” To do this, each committee member must read a list of about 300 books a year and narrow it down to the best 20.

The committee will be properly trained to select books that consider student interests, have relevant content, reputable reviews and literary quality.

Laguna will meet with the committee three times a year and will be in constant communication with them until the master list is finalized.

Students will then read a minimum of five books from the master list and vote for their favorite book. The author of the book receiving the most votes statewide is declared the winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award.

“I feel honored to be selected for the committee,” Laguna said. “But what’s even better is that those books are given to the students.”

Each of the 300 books that Laguna will be reading every year will be added to the school library.

“That’s like $6,000 worth of books per year, so for three years it about $18,000,” Laguna said.   

Her term on the committee will begin right after the 2017 TLA Annual Conference in April and will end at the 2020 TLA Conference.

Congratulations, Ms. Laguna! 

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