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T.K. Stone Middle School’s principal was recognized for her support of school libraries this week.
Beth Mather received the Kentucky School Media Association Service Award for School Administrators on Monday at the school. Mather was nominated for the award by the school’s library media specialist, David Grossman.
The awards were announced at a KSMA conference in September, but Mather was unable to attend, so KSMA President Adele Koch presented Mather with her plaque at the school.
The award is given to administrators who support the library and its services within their building. Grossman said Mather doesn’t just support the library but literacy in general throughout the school through programs such as silent reading time in classes.
Mather reads a lot of books for middle school students in order to make suggestions for the library and even for specific students, he said.
“She’s just always looking at ways to encourage literacy,” he said.
Grossman said not all administrators see the value of library services or of the work library media specialists do in schools. But with their support, the library can be fully integrated into the school and they can “connect the teachers to the librarian,” he said.
Mather said she was honored when she learned she had won the award.
“This really means a lot,” she said to the staff who gathered in the library to see her receive the award.
She understands the importance of reading, especially for students to choose to do so as a leisure activity, and she’s happy to see students with a book in the lunchroom or after they’ve finished a test.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or email@example.com.