Senator Daylin Leach

State Senator Daylin Leach discusses the importance of librarians at Leach’s ninth annual Librarian of the Year Award Ceremony on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at Bonefish Grill King of Prussia in King of Prussia, PA.

HARRISBURG −  May 24, 2018 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) yesterday recognized two local librarians at his ninth annual Librarian of the Year award ceremony held at Bonefish Grill King of Prussia in King of Prussia, PA.

Leach awarded his 2018 School Librarian of the Year Award to Tami Peterson of Whitehall Elementary School. Leach recognized Peterson for her outstanding work with students and for creating an immersive and exciting atmosphere, where students were challenged to dream big. In his remarks, Leach noted that Patterson heads the “Healthy Reporter,” which is a student-led newspaper about healthy eating, and is tasked with coordinating the school’s science fair.

Leach gave his 2018 Public Librarian of the Year Award to Jennifer Phillips of the Haverford Public Library. Leach highlighted Phillips’s work in creating “Out at the Library,” which is an inclusive LGBTQ club focused on empowerment through art, writing and discussion. Phillips also helped create “Stay Woke,” which is a space for teenagers to discuss current events.

Leach’s Librarian of the Year event honors two outstanding librarians from the 17th Senatorial District each year – one school librarian and one public librarian. This year the event was hosted by Bonefish Grill King of Prussia and sponsored by the American Reading Company and UGI Utilities. Winners received a special plaque and a $90 gift card to Bonefish Grill.

Leach’s statement:

Tami Paterson, State Senator Daylin Leach and Jennifer Phillips

State Senator Daylin Leach recognizes Tami Paterson (left) of Whitehall Elementary School and Jennifer Phillips (right) of the Haverford Public Library as the 2018 Librarians of the Year at Leach’s ninth annual Librarian of the Year Award Ceremony on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at Bonefish Grill King of Prussia in King of Prussia, PA.

“I am thrilled to recognize Tami and Jennifer with my Librarian of the Year Award this year,” Leach said. “Librarians do such important work and that work often goes uncelebrated. Librarians can change the lives of children and adults alike.”

“Growing up in Northeast Philadelphia, there were not a lot of places to frequent without spending money. However, the library was always a welcoming place. The librarians there would recommend books that would expand my mind and challenge my opinions. For that, I will always be thankful and appreciate the work that librarians do.”

Senator Daylin Leach represents the 17th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Montgomery County and Delaware County. He is also the Democratic Chairperson of the Senate Judiciary Committee. For more information visit www.senatorleach.com/newsroom.

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