First winner of the Bresnahan Book Award announced

Published 05/02 2014 11:47PM

Updated 05/03 2014 12:02AM

Clay (WSYR-TV) - People from all over Central New York gathered in Clay on Friday to honor the life of Lori Bresnahan, the Liverpool School Librarian murdered in March 2013 by 29-year-old David Renz while leaving Great Northern Mall.

The district is celebrating her life and love of literature with the 2014 Bresnahan Book Award.

Over the span of three months, every student in the Liverpool Central School District from kindergarten to 6th grade read 10 books nominated for the award and voted on their favorite.

“Lori was one of those special people. She always had a smile and a kind word for you. She lit up the room with a smile and I hope she's smiling now,” said Soule Road Elementary School librarian Kay Budmen.

“It’s just a nice moment for us to have closure and celebrate a wonderful life of a librarian in Liverpool,” said Nate Perry Elementary Principal Dana Ziegler.

Abby Stock, a 3rd grader at Soule Road, was among hundreds of students who voted on their favorite book, eagerly anticipating this day.

“It made me enjoy reading more because I like to read, but reading new books is good for me,” Abby said.

Finally, the big moment to reveal the winner of the first Bresnahan Book Award, and the honors went to "Penguin and Pinecone" by Salina Yoon.

Yoon wrote a letter to the district about how touching of an honor it is to be the first recipient of the award.

The district will continue the Bresnahan Award for years to come. Barnes and Noble also hosted a book fair with proceeds going toward building a "Lori’s Bookshelf" in each school in the Liverpool Central School District.

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