Janet Lathrop, librarian at West Feliciana Middle School, and Michele Jones, the librarian at West Feliciana High, say they strive to encourage a love of books, reading and libraries by working with students daily and supporting teachers with their curriculum needs.
In an effort to stress the importance of reading and libraries, both schools have formed library clubs called Club READ, Jones said.
Club READ members have the opportunity to attend and participate in the Louisiana Teenage Librarians Association conference each year.
The LTLA is a state organization composed of school library clubs from throughout the state and is led by a slate of student-elected officers and committee chairmen from participating schools, Jones said.
“Each year, LTLA officers and sponsors plan a dynamic convention for its members,” said Jones, who also is an LTLA sponsor. “It features opportunities for students to socialize and compete as well as interact with a popular young adult author.”
The two-day convention, hosted in Alexandria in February, included activities planned and facilitated by student committees such as talent shows and contests involving essay writing and T-shirt, costume, bookmark, bulletin board and scrapbook design centered around an annual theme.
Member schools sponsored book talks and team-building activities related to books and reading.
“The students won several awards in the various contests they entered, proof of their strong presence in LTLA,” said Jones.
West Feliciana Middle took home the Spirit Award for the sixth year in a row as the best middle school library club at the convention, Lathrop said.
Both librarians said they are proud of their library clubs and the students who showed leadership, creativity and initiative while at the convention.
WFHS has three students who will serve as LTLA officers for the 2015-16 school year: Adam Broussard, president; Jaci Holliday, secretary; and Ruby Roberg, treasurer.
West Feliciana High’s Mary Elizabeth Barrow, the LTLA secretary, will train Holliday, a middle schooler, on her duties in serving in the role next year.