In 2014, following the death of Lori Bresnahan, Liverpool Central School District Library Deparment media specialists knew they wanted to do something to honor their friend and colleague. Bresnahan passed away in 2013, but it's her love of children and books that helps her memory live on in the district where she was employed. Bresnahan was a librarian who left her mark on the lives of many by spreading her passion for children’s literature and books.
Ten different picture books are nominated and children throughout the district read and listen to each nominee, Library Media Specialist Kay Budmen said. Each book was chosen from a list created by the New York State Reading Association for the Charlotte Award, which was one of Lori’s favorite book awards, Budmen added. The goal of the award is to encourage students to read literature, Liverpool Central School District Executive Director Steven Garraffo said.
On Friday, March 2, the superintendent, principals, a middle school teacher, community members and a past recipient, Salina Yoon (author of Penguin and Pinecone) will come together to read all 10 of the nominated books and celebrate the life of Lori.
The event is free and all purchases made tonight will benefit Lori’s Bookshelf Project.