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Education association honors Davis elementary school librarian

Lawni Hamblin
Lawni Hamblin
Davis School District

FARMINGTON — Lawni Hamblin, a media specialist at Davis School District’s Bluff Ridge Elementary, has a gift for igniting even the most reluctant reader’s interest, faculty members say.

That gift is the reason Hamblin was awarded the 2016 Paraprofessional Librarian of the Year from the Utah Education Library Media Association.

Assistant principal Adrienne Kennett nominated Hamblin for the award.

“Our teachers seek Lawni out to help them meet and exceed the needs of students,” Kennett said in a prepared statement. “You can give her the most reluctant, struggling reader and she will work with them until she finds that one book that gets them interested. It is amazing to watch her with the students while she works her magic.”

Hamblin said she’s just doing what she loves. “I feel guilty, because it’s not even like a job, I love it that much,” she said.

Hamblin started what is now a popular program where three sixth-graders from each class assist her during the mornings. This helps free her time so that she can better work with individual students.

Because Bluff Ridge is a year-round school, Hamblin opens the library every day for on- and off-track students to access books. She also works with the community, business partners and locally funded resources to add to the library collection.