Oak Pointe Elementary School Librarian Angela Durham has been awarded the 2017 South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL) School Librarian of the Year. This award honors a full-time librarian on the basis of exemplary library media programs as well as active participation and service to SCASL and other related professional organizations.

“It is an honor to be selected as the 2017-18 South Carolina School Librarian of the Year to represent the SCASL organization, Oak Pointe Elementary School and District Five,” Durham said. “This award will allow me to advocate the importance of media specialists and their role in the success of our students in South Carolina.”

Durham is involved with a number of initiatives to engage students in reading at Oak Pointe Elementary. The “Read Three, Get One Free” program has been a favorite for students. By reading three books that are award nominees, students get to take home one book of their choosing. Durham highlights the students who complete the challenge and encourages others to get involved.

Another initiative Durham has spearheaded has been the Read with the Gamecocks program. For the past three years, a student from Oak Pointe Elementary has won this contest. The Read with the Gamecocks program promotes literacy by creating a three-segment reading program. Students record the number of pages read during the contest and the winners are invited to attend a Gamecock basketball game where they are recognized.

“I could go on and on about Mrs. Durham,” said Oak Pointe Elementary School Principal Cassy Paschal. “She works tirelessly to create amazing opportunities for our students to experience as well as fall in love with reading in the process. She is a compassionate professional that always strives to do her best and give everything possible for the students, staff and parents she serves. Mrs. Durham is so deserving of the School Librarian of the Year Award and we are so proud of her.”