[kids-lib] Hope Crandall awarded the 2011 Evelyn Sibley Lampman award

Jane Corry janec at multcolib.org
Tue Apr 12 16:51:08 PDT 2011

Hope Crandall Wins Oregon Library Association's Lampman Award

 Librarian Hope Crandall of Washington Elementary in Woodburn has been
awarded the 2011 Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award by the Children's
Services division of the Oregon Library Association. Announced at the
Oregon Library Association's annual conference, the Lampman Award is
Oregon's most notable and prestigious award for library service to

 Hope began her 20 year career as a bilingual classroom teacher, long
before dual language programs were on the radar. In 1998 she moved
from the Dayton School District to Woodburn, accepting a position as
Library Media Specialist at Washington Elementary where she worked
until her retirement in 2010. Many of her students come from migrant
families, with parents who speak only Spanish and feel that they can’t
help their children with homework. Hope held a monthly literacy event
where she taught parents that they too could share their higher level
thinking skills and discuss literature. This was empowering to parents
and Hope influenced many families to read together.

Using her twin passions-children and literacy, Hope was also
instrumental intransforming the community Día de los Niños y Día de
los Libros celebration from a small gathering of a few families to a
collaborative event attended by hundreds and sponsored by the school
district, the city of Woodburn, and numerous educational, social
service agencies, businesses, emergency services, and religious

Hope’s influence has not been limited to the community of Woodburn.
She has served on OLA’s Amo Leer Committee, helping to select books
for the Spanish language collections provided to library recipients of
the grant throughout Oregon. She has been an active member of REFORMA,
the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to
Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, an affiliate of the American Library
Association and helped found the Northwest chapter. She has served on
the Pura Belpre Award Committee and on OLA panels and committees about
programming for Spanish speaking families. In 2009 she helped bring
Jose Luis Orozco, a preeminent Latino children’s literacy advocate and
performer, to an OLA/WLA conference and arranged for concerts in
elementary schools in Woodburn and McMinnville. For the past 5 years,
Hope has also attended the Feria Internacional de Libros (FIL) in
Guadalajara where she selected and purchased Spanish language books
for the Woodburn School district. She has also served on the Salon de
Novedades, a committee that selects from publishers’ new book lists
books to highlight at the FIL . At FIL she is also part of a committee
that helps newcomers navigate the giant event.

Hope spent the first few months of her retirement in Ecuador, helping
to set up a central library for rural communities. She also has
contributed to a new publication Celebrating Cuentos : Promoting
Latino Children's Literature and Literacy in Classrooms And Libraries,
co-authoring the chapter titled “Latinos Children's Literature and
Literacy in School Library Media Centers.”

As a colleague, Hope guided other librarians and advocates for ESL
children and families. She could be fierce in her adherence to the
principles of cultural inclusion and to her high standards of
literature for her students. But she was always a willing
collaborator, especially if it was for the benefit of the families of
the community. Not only was she generous with her ears and shoulders,
she shared her tried and true literacy lessons.

Jane Corry
2011 Evelyn Sibley Lampman Chair
Belmont Youth Librarian- Multnomah County Library
1038 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd.
Portland OR 97214

We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.
-Japanese Proverb

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