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Librarian Hope Crandall '66 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, according to a press release from Jane Corry, 2011 Evelyn Sibley Lampman Chair . Announced at the Oregon Library Association's annual conference, the Lampman Award is Oregon's most notable and prestigious award for library service to children.

Corry wrote, "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 in transforming 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 partners.

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 Belpré 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 Salón 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."

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