CASPER, Wyo. — Crest Hill Elementary Librarian Devin Hodgins has been named “2019 Outstanding Librarian” by the Wyoming Library Association.
Hodgins helped fifth-graders create two “Little Free Libraries” which they auctioned to raise more than $400 for the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization.
“As part of the project, the students investigated libraries and their impact on their communities,” the WLA adds. “Each class had to work as a team to design and complete their libraries, through the school library’s makerspace.”
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Hodgins also helped secure a Carol McMurry Library Endowment grant “to purchase tools, paint, and supplies, as well as a handful of computers for students to use in the library for research.”
“He rounded up additional supplies from local businesses including paint, shop supplies, and the old newspaper racks that would be filled with books once the Little Free Libraries were completed and out in the community,” the WLA says.
Students at the school celebrated their librarian with a ceremony on Friday, Sept. 24. The kindergarten class held up the letters of his name and shared this acrostic poem with the audience:
- M is for Makerspace
- R is for Reading
- H is for Hair
- O is for “Oh, so awesome!”
- D is for Dragon
- G is for Gentle Guidance
- I is for Imagination
- N is for Nice
- S is for Super Tall
- ! We love Mr. Hodgins
Students from grades 1-5 shared reasons they appreciate Hodgins.
“He let’s us pick any book we want,” said on first grader.
“He let’s us sit on his bean bags,” added another.
“He sometimes let’s us play with toys,” said a third.
In between each class sharing their words, the whole school sang the following song to the tune of “Oh My Darling, Clementine”:
Mr. Hodgins, our librarian
Helps us find the books we need.
We are dragons, books are treasures
He inspires us to readCrest Hill
“Mr. Hodgins is the best at reading books,” a second grader said.
“Mr. Hodgins helps us read with expression,” said a classmate.
Third graders praised Hodgins for his patience.
“He is our dragon,” fourth graders said, making use of the school’s mascot.
The fifth graders said that Hodgins is well organized and helpful.
“Mr. Hodgins has a warm heart,” one fifth grader said.
After the students spoke, Hodgins thanked them for their words.
“This is an outstanding group of learners at this school,” he added.
The WLA presented Hodgins with his award at their August 8 conference in Cheyenne.
“Devin is clearly passionate about incorporating reading into the lives of his students and about building support for the school library his students so need,” the WLA says. “He was honored for finding an innovative way to bring his community together in support of his school library — so important in these days when school library programs are often threatened.”