Sylvia Anderle, children’s and Latino outreach librarian for the Santa Monica Public Library Fairview Branch, has been selected to receive one of the 2005 New York Times Librarian Awards.
Now in its fifth year, The Times awards program honors librarians from around the country who provide public service and who have a positive impact on their communities.
This year’s 27 winners represent 13 states and were selected from 1,200 nominations.
Each winner received $2,500 and a commemorative plaque Wednesday, November 16th.
A Fairview Branch children’s librarian for 15 years, Anderle was nominated by the Santa Monica Public Library staff and library patrons for the national honor.
Anderle spearheaded Spanish-language family and toddler story times at the Fairview Branch that attract Santa Monica residents and families from surrounding communities.
She also worked to improve the reading skills of library patrons and established a summer reading tutorial program that pairs volunteers with children in the first through fifth grades.
More than 500 youths have joined the tutorial program.
“To see how Sylvia welcomes children and their caregivers to her programs; to observe how she orients new immigrants to the library; to hear the advice that she gives colleagues is to see a great librarian in action,” wrote Susan Annett, public services principal librarian at the Santa Monica Public Library, to The New York Times.
“I have witnessed the sense of empowerment that Sylvia has created among library users, particularly the Spanish-speakers, by increasing their ability to access information as well as deepening their love for reading,” wrote Ellen Mark, former Friends of the Library board member, to The New York Times.
“She is a vibrant and energetic person, held in high regard in the Library’s community, and that is continually reflected when you spend time in the branch,” Mark wrote.
The City of Santa Monica also praised Anderle “for her dedicated library service to the children and families of Santa Monica.”