WESTPORT, Conn. – Rae Anne Locke, head librarian at Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School, was one of 10 librarians from across the country to receive the “I Love My Librarian” award Tuesday night in New York City. More than 1,500 librarians were nominated for the award.
The award honors librarians for their service to their communities or schools. Locke was nominated for the award by Saugatuck Elementary parent Melissa Augeri, who in her nomination letter described Locke as “librarian of the century.”
"Rae Anne Locke has poured her heart and soul into planning, creating and growing the [Sauagtuck Elementary School] Secret Garden Library, a vibrant, warm and inviting place that is much more than a school library. It is truly the learning hub for our entire school community" Augeri wrote.
"A passionate leader, Rae Anne works tirelessly to create and share her vision for enhanced learning opportunities, and her work translates into meaningful achievement for all of her students."
Augeri, Westport Public Library Director Maxine Bleiweis and other supporters attended the ceremony.
The “I Love My Librarian” award is a collaborative program of Carnegie Corp. of New York, The New York Times and' the American Library Association.