Learning & Sharing

I am so proud and happy to announce that I have been named one of Library Journal’s 2013 class of Movers & Shakers. Congratulations to everyone on this year’s list; it is an honor to be recognized with you.

To my amazing coworkers and fabulous boss, I am humbled by your nomination of me for this award. It is an ongoing privilege to work with and be inspired by each of you!

I am deeply grateful as well to my library district, which for 10 years has shown faith in me by giving me compelling projects to develop in-house–as well as the time and support necessary to serve and contribute to the wider local, state, and national library communities.

Beyond that, I owe a million thanks to so many mentors, librarians, supervisors, students, directors, and coworkers, at my home library and at other libraries; to my husband and my girls and extended family; to my storytime families past and present; to those of you who read and contribute here at Mel’s Desk; and to colleagues across the state and around the world. How lucky I am that you love learning & sharing as much as I do. I have been so fortunate to have worked on so many cool projects with so many amazing people. You teach me so much, you expand my horizons, and your own high standards challenge me to keep raising the bar for myself. It’s been so much fun so far. I can’t wait to see what else we accomplish!

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22 Responses to Learning & Sharing

  1. Jordan says:

    Congratulations!!! You deserve this!

  2. Lauren says:

    Congratulations! I’m on your site all the time, looking for story time ideas and early literacy inspiration. My story times are much, much richer thanks to you.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Congratulations! If I had been picking people you would definitely have been at the top, so I am glad to see that LJ recognizes your awesomeness!

  4. Mari says:

    Hooray! Mel, I am so excited for you!!

  5. Melissa says:

    Thank you Mari!

  6. Melissa says:

    Thanks, everyone. It makes me so happy to know Mel’s Desk helps you out! It is fun to be doing storytimes “with” you!

  7. I am commenting everywhere because this is so wonderfully fantastic – as are you! Enjoy every minute of this wonderful honor!

  8. Melissa says:

    Marge, you are the best. Thank you for being such a big part of why my day has been wonderful!

  9. Laura says:

    Congratulations! You are an inspiration to me and help me to keep my storytimes fresh!! You most definitely deserve this!

  10. Melissa says:

    Thank you Laura! Such kind words!

  11. Kary Henry says:

    This is wonderful! I’m thrilled to see you get recognition for “creating a vibrant and active online community” — because that’s what this feels like: a community! You enthusiastically share these fantastic ideas and allow us to partake of them. We are the beneficiaries of your creativity and knowledge, and I am so very grateful. Congratulations!

  12. Melissa says:

    Katy, thank you so much. I’m grateful to be a part of this community too! I am very aware that I didn’t create the Flannel Friday community, even if my posts on Mel’s Desk served as a catalyst. Everyone who reads & shares & supports each other creates the FF community, every single day. Thank you for being a part of it!

  13. Laura says:

    Congratulations! I love reading your blog and finding new or different ideas for storytimes!

  14. Melissa says:

    Thank you, Laura!

  15. Kelsey says:

    A big BIG congrats! Your fans already know that you are a mover and shaker but it’s nice to have the stamp of approval from fricken Library Journal. Your creativity is so fascinating and your blog’s organization is easily ascessible. Thank you so much and don’t stop the bloggin!

  16. Melissa says:

    Thank you so much Kelsey! Although I’m laughing a little about your “easily accessible.” I was just thinking that I need to step up to the plate and actually tag all these posts so you guys have a better tools for moving around. And don’t worry, I have lots more to share! 🙂

  17. Joella says:

    Congrats! You are amazing, and I am not surprised that you are part of this great group! 🙂

  18. Melissa says:

    Thank you so much Joella!

  19. ann says:

    What a great article! Congratulations!! It is so great that you get this recognition and Go Flannel Fridays!!

  20. Melissa says:

    Thanks Ann! It is a big honor!

  21. Emily says:

    Congratulations! Your blog is such a great resource that I use all the time. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your ideas and the time and care you put into this blog!

  22. Melissa says:

    Thank you, Emily! I have learned so much from others that I love being able to pay it forward. I’m glad Mel’s Desk helps you out!

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