Engelfried Wins Award at Oregon Library Association Conference

Posted By:  Heather McNeil-Nix
Date Posted:  4/17/2001

(April 17, 2001) Young Adult Librarian Steven Engelfried received the Evelyn Sibly Lampman Award for his outstanding service to children at the Oregon Library Association Conference earlier this month.

"I believe Steven is the worthiest recipient of this special award that recognizes a person who has made significant contributions in the areas of literature and/or library services for the benefit of the children of Oregon," Children’s Librarian and Youth Services Coordinator Heather McNeil-Nix said. "He has brought laughter and literature to thousands of children and parents across the State."

The award is given each year in memory of Evelyn Sibly Lampman (1907-1980), noted Oregon teacher, journalist, and author of children's books. The Lampman Award is unique because it can go to authors, teachers, or librarians, since all contribute to children and reading in their own way.

Engelfried was selected for his contributions as part of the Summer Reading Task Force which implements statewide financial support for the summer reading program. He has served as a member of the Oregon Library Association’s Children’s Services Division Committee which establishes guidelines for Children’s Librarians. He is a regular contributor to the School Library Journal and is a member of the distinguished Caldecott Committee.

"I came from a big family and most of us were big readers," said Steven Engelfried Youth Service Librarian. "I liked the idea of a job where reading books and recommending them to young people. I've been a librarian for nearly 15 years, all of them working with children and young adults. I like the way this Lampman award acknowledges how much youth librarians can do to improve the lives of children through literature and library programs."

For more information, contact Heather McNeil-Nix at 617-7099

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