The 2016/2017 Miss Rumphius award, given to a person who develops creative activities to enhance learning and literacy, was awarded to Amanda Winter, Youth Services Librarian at Livingston Public Library. The presentation was made on April 25th at the New Jersey Library Association’s Annual Conference Awards Reception at Harrah’ s Convention Center in Atlantic City. Pictured at left are : Carol Phillips, Joseph Emery, Amanda Winter, and Sharon Rawlins.
Working in collaboration with the technology librarian at her library, Ms. Winter used the application, ScratchJr, to target students in grades K-3. She introduced digital literacy and critical thinking with story telling to this early age group. The technology used, the ScratchJr app, is easily accessible to those who wish to replicate the program. Structured lecture plans exist for various stages of the program so that other librarians can adapt it for their clientele. The program has been offered many times since its introduction and met with much success.
For more information please contact the Livingston Public Library at: 973-992-4600
This program is funded in whole or in part by the New Jersey State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency that grows and sustains a "Nation of Learners" because lifelong learning is critical to success.