Santa Monica librarian Sylvia Anderle has been named by 41st District Assemblywoman Fran Pavley as “Woman of the Year” in the local State Assembly District.

Anderle was to join Women of the Year from other Assembly Districts in Sacramento Monday, March 20th, for recognition by California First Lady Maria Shriver.

A reception for the honorees was scheduled to follow at the State History Museum.

Anderle has been a librarian at the Santa Monica Public Library Fairview Branch for 11 years and was honored for helping 500 Spanish-speaking children build English literacy skills through a summer reading program she developed.

She was also recently honored by the New York Times for “Outstanding Public Service,” an award given to 27 librarians from a field of 1,200 nominations nationwide.

“I’m honored to have Sylvia in my district,” Pavley said. “As a former teacher, I know how challenging it can be to keep children focused on reading.

“Her passion and innovation is an inspiration for us all.”

Anderle is the daughter of Cuban immigrants and received a master’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

She said she has experienced firsthand how native culture, language barriers, and other obstacles can cause immigrants to be uninformed about libraries.

Woman of the Year selections are sponsored each year by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus.

Each member of the State Assembly selects a woman from his or her district who has made significant contributions to her community.