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Heidi Pramuk, librarian for Lincoln Elementary School in the Woodburn School District, has been selected as the Oregon 2013 Elementary School Librarian of the Year by the Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL).by: SUBMITTED - Heidi Pramuk, librarian at Lincoln Elementary School in Woodburn, has been named Elementary School Librarian of the Year by the Oregon Association of School Libraries.

OASL is the professional group for school librarians and media specialists throughout the state.

Pramuk was nominated by Principal Jenny Crist and was selected from numerous highly-qualified candidates who were nominated by their school principals or other school personnel.

This is the highest award given by the OASL, which each year honors one exemplary elementary school librarian, one secondary school librarian, one school library paraprofessional and one school or district administrator.

“Ms. Pramuk stood out above the other highly qualified candidates with the depth and breadth of her school library program at Lincoln Elementary School,” said Grace Butler, OASL awards chair, in a press release. “She incorporates reading promotion, research skills instruction, technology use and collaboration with classroom teachers while running an exemplary school library.”

Pramuk was honored during a banquet Oct. 12 at the OASL Fall Conference in Portland.

When accepting her award, Pramuk pointed out the importance of school librarians.

“School librarians ... have the opportunity to influence students over time, to encourage them, to expose them to a multitude of books, genres and formats,”?she said. “We have the opportunity to teach them about research and how to be honest and ethical in their use of resources. We have the opportunity to expose our students to a variety of viewpoints and ideas. We have the opportunity to turn them into readers who want to read – readers who know that reading opens the world to them.”

Pramuk has worked at Lincoln since 2005. Since then, she has helped establish Lincoln’s part in the annual Woodburn?Reads Challenge, in which students and staff members alike track the number of pages they read; Read Across America, a themed week that includes dressing as a favorite book character; Battle of the Books, a regional tournament that has more than half of the school’s fourth- and fifth-graders participating; a student publishing project; fundraisers, book fairs and grants when faced with budget cuts; and a “Bring Them Back” campaign to encourage students and teachers to return library materials.

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