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AASL National School Library Standards

Kathleen Roberts, librarian at Rivers Edge Elementary School was one of seven people to rewrite and recreate the National School Library Standards in 2017. As one of the two building level librarians on the Standards & Editorial Board, Kathleen’s work shaped the current AASL National School Library Standards and continues to impact the the direction for HCPS Libraries, and libraries across the Nation.

Fulbright Specialist

Kathleen Roberts, librarian at Rivers Edge Elementary School was accepted to the Fulbright Specialist Roster for a 3 year tenure (12/18-12/21).

National School Library Program of the Year

The HCPS School Librarians are the recipients of the 2011 National School Library Program of the Year, awarded by the American Association of School Libraries.

NAco Award

We were honored with the NAco Award for our work with the “Spreading Goodwill to Support Literacy” program, our partnership with Goodwill Industries to build classroom libraries.

Chris Corallo Distinguished Leadership Award

Congratulations to Kristen Cross, librarian at Crestview Elementary School who is the 2019 recipient of the Chris Corallo Distinguished Leadership Award! 

Congratulations to Ellyn Brancato, librarian at Twin Hickory Elementary School, who is featured as one of Henrico’s Top Teachers in the Henrico Citizen! 

HCPS Teachers of the Year

When you walk into the library, learning is transformed.  In 2019, some of our librarians were honored for their passion and expertise as teachers for all the students they serve.
Mary Sam Abernathy – Chamberlayne ES, Lindsay Kingoff – Short Pump ES, Janet Driver – Montrose ES, and “New Teacher of the Year” Hilary Ramp – Adams ES

National Board Certified Teachers

Each year, librarians accept the challenge to grow professionally by becoming National Board Certified Teachers.  We are proud of all 11 librarians who have accomplished this prestigious certification, including the newest: Theresa Harris- Glen Allen ES (renewed), Karen Stein – Ratcliffe ES, W. Scott Mewborn – Glen Allen HS, Michelle Grubbs – Short Pump MS and Laurie Kaplan – Freeman HS (renewed)

Conference Presentations

EdTech Conference- March 2020: Maria Wright “Creating Virtual and Augmented Reality with CoSpaces”

Deanna Pollard presented “Mindfulness in Daycares” to and for area daycare workers using books as center point for developing and implementing mindfulness at this level.

VAASL Conference:
Kristen Cross, Nancy Essid and Karen Stein “Eggs-traodinary Libraries”

Brooke Adams and Anna Lingerfelt “Virginia Readers’ Choice programs”

Katie Kier “You get a lesson! You get a lesson! You get a lesson! Everyone gets a lesson!”

Diving Into Deeper Learning Conference: August 2018

Amy Coward – Greenwood ES “Mapping Stories with Ozbots”

Brooke Adams and Anna Lingerfelt – “Clever Databases at the ES Level”



Laura Shifflett – Springfield Park ES – Feature Article from The Journal for School Library Professionals, October 2019: “The Midyear Librarian: Five Steps towards a Successful Transition”

Calypso Gilstrap – Tuckahoe MS – School Library Connection, Dec. 2018: “Glad you GAME to the library today: Using games in the library to teach and assess 21
st century skills.”

Feature Article from Knowledge Quest: Journal of the American Association of School Librarians, May/June 2019: “The Start of Something New: A Relationship Between the AASL Standards Framework for Learners and  IB Approaches to Learning”

Brooke Davis – Godwin – School Library Connection, Sept. 2017: “Mindfulness in the Library.”

Kathleen Roberts-Rivers Edge ES, and Ann Martin-former Educational Specialist, 2019: 

Leadership: Strategic Thinking, Decision Making, Communication, and Relationship Building, published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions.


HEF Grants
Shannon Hyman -Library Services: Professional Learning –  Mini-Grant $6,538
Jill Tinsley – Skipwith ES: “Read Around the World” Building a multi-cultural book collection and a school visit from Amy’s Travel author Kathryn Starke $1,977
Amy Coward – Greenwood ES: “MakerSpace” $5,000
Pocahontas MS: MakerSpace
Springfield Park ES: AudioBooks $2,000
Pocahontas MS: MakerSpace $8840

 In order to continue building a culture of student-owned learning and strengthen the relationship of the Quioccasin and Tuckahoe professional learning communities, Calypso Gilstrap (librarian at Tuckahoe), Erin Daniel (innovative learning coach at Quioccasin) and Amanda Kinsler (innovative learning coach at Tuckahoe) were awarded at HEF grant titled “Powering Student-Owned Learning.”  The $22,000 grant is being utilized to create a team of gifted teachers who have demonstrated expertise in the Henrico Learner Profile and Deeper Learning with the goal that these teachers will mentor other teachers in the community. 

Since 2014, HEF has funded over 30 Library Projects totaling $172,609.


Amy Coward – Greenwood ES “Game Changer Grant” – provided alternative seating in the Library Commons  

More Grants!

Outside Grants
Margaret Marquis – Tuckahoe MS – Publix Reading Grant
Brooke Adams – Pinchbeck – PTA Graphic Novel Grant
Deanna Hamlin – Carver – PTA $2,500 Makerspace & art collaboration
Staci Smith – Glen Lea – Laura Bush Foundation $7,000 reading
Janet Driver – Montrose – Sandston Rotary Club
Kendall Dunaway & Liz Turner – Moody – Lowes Toolbox for Education for collaborative space
Amy Young – Arthur Ashe – Melania Trump National Read a Book Day books

Donor’s Choose 
Karen Stein – Ratcliffe ES “Please take a seat: alternative seating options for the library”, Amy Coward – Greenwood ES “Breakout Boxes”,  Anna Lingerfelt – Davis ES “Spheros-Robotics and Coding”, Lollie George – Holman MS “Historical Fiction Books”, Liz Turner – Moody MS “Making it Meaningful with Math”, Kendall Dunaway – Moody MS “Library Breakout!” and “Making IT! In the Library: MakerSpace Items” and “Getting Series-Us” (completing series sets), 
Valerie Bennett- Pemberton ES: High Interest titles with Dude Appeal! Engaging boys with books they can’t put down, finish the story and then return for the sequel.

Deanna Pollard’s Donor’s Choose Project, “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Library,”  was fully funded by The Crunch Bar Company, providing books for the library that more fully reflect the Mehfoud Elementary student population. 


HCPS School Librarians of the Year

Kathleen Roberts, Rivers Edge Elementary

Christina Thrasher, Henrico High School

We are so proud to announce the winners of our 2020 HCPS Libraries district award, created to recognize the full body of work of each librarian, not just their accomplishments for that year.  Nominated and selected by their peers, and supported by their colleagues and administrators, these librarians are amazing models of collaboration and innovation who  transform learning and grow lifelong readers!  

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Our Library Assistants

Our library assistants are the key to our success! Whether it’s checking out books, helping our learners find exactly what they need, processing orders, shelving, or triaging damaged books in the book hospital, our assistants support all we do and make everyone feel welcome.


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Staci Smith

Adams ES


Amy Young

Arthur Ashe ES

Mary Yerby

Baker ES

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Deanna Hamlin

Carver ES

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Mary Sam Abernathy

Chamberlayne ES

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Kristen Cross

Crestview ES

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Rachel LeClair

Colonial Trail ES

Jennifer Karluk

Dumbarton ES


Megan Bernardino

Donahoe ES


Emma McCullough

Echo Lake ES

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Hilary Ramp

Fair Oaks ES

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Mary Hedrick

Gayton ES

Theresa Harris, NBCT

Glen Allen ES

Marissa Sorensen

Mirissa Sorensen

Glen Lea ES

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Amy Coward

Greenwood ES

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Terry Hill

Harvie ES

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Christie Archer

Achievable Dream Academy at
Highland Springs ES

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Debbie Teague

Holladay ES

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Lisa Scott

Johnson ES

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Christina Sulzer

Kaechele ES

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Taylor Winslow

Laburnum ES

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Tonya Moore

Lakeside ES

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Blair Hart

Longan ES

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Nancy Hally

Longdale ES

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Mary Beth Utley

Maybeury ES

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Deanna Pollard

Mehfoud ES

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Janet Driver

Montrose ES

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Sara Young

Nuckols Farm ES

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Valerie Bennett

Pemberton ES

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Melissa Glanden

Pinchbeck ES

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Karen Stein, NBCT

Ratcliffe ES

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Nancy Essid

Ridge ES

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Kathleen Roberts

River's Edge ES

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Margo Williams

Sandston ES

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Emily Underwood

Seven Pines ES

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Lisa Blouch

Shady Grove ES

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Lindsay Kingoff

Short Pump ES

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Jill Tinsley

Skipwith ES

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Laura Shifflett

Springfield Park ES

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Nancy Lohr

Three Chopt ES

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Terri Threadgold

Trevvett ES

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Ellyn Brancato

Twin Hickory ES

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Melanie Parker

Support Librarian serving Colonial Trail, Laburnum, Rivers Edge, Shady Grove, and Tuckahoe ES


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Letitia Coffin

Brookland MS

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Chad Kroll

Brookland MS

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Lisa Banton

Elko MS

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Sue Harner

Fairfield MS

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Megan Walker

Pocahontas MS

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Maria Wright

Hungary Creek MS

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Janis Jones

Quioccasin MS

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Angie Smith

Quioccasin MS

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Diane Chess

Rolfe MS


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Joe Harrell

Deep Run HS

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Hattie Smart, NBCT

Deep Run HS

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Rosemary Wheeler

Freeman HS

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Rebecca Hardin

Glen Allen HS

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Brooke Davis

Godwin HS

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Kelly Cragle

Henrico HS

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Adrienne Coffey

Highland Springs HS

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Carol Glatt

Varina HS

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Kimberly Paige

Highland Springs HS

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Candace Spencer

Varina HS

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Sarah Honaker

The Academy at Virginia Randolph

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Alison Timm

Hermitage HS

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Kim Morrison

Tucker HS


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Rebecca M. Hardin

Educational Specialist,
Library Services
Program/Instructional support & technical services administration

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Amanda Allgood

Head Cataloger, Library Services Original & Copy Cataloging, Catalog Support, Inventories, Book Review Center

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Mary Beth Joyner

Systems Specialist, Library Services
Library automation, policies and procedures, databases,
and SIRSI Help Desk

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Sarah Drye

Library Assistant/Cataloging,
Library Services
Copy cataloging

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Mona Staudenmayer

Account Clerk, Library Services
Financial duties and supply orders

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Felicia Vann

Library Assistant/Acquisitions,
Library Services
Materials orders for schools L-W

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Quita Joly

Secretary, Library Services
Secretarial duties, advisory, and information

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Richard Thompson

Library Assistant/Acquisitions,
Library Services
Materials orders for schools A-K

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