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EPCHS Wins Exemplary School Library Award From AISLE

EVERGREEN PARK, IL – The Learning Resource Center (LRC) at Evergreen Park Community High School has been recognized as one of just six school library programs that have earned the Association of Illinois School Library Educators (AISLE) Exemplary School Library Award.

Specifically, the award mentioned EPCHS Librarian Dr. Tina Ward and Assistant Superintendent/Principal Bill Sanderson. Ward and Sanderson applied for the award on EPCHS’ behalf. 

AISLE established the award in 2018 to recognize school libraries throughout Illinois that exemplify the standards set forth in the “Linking for Learning: The Illinois School Library Standards” book. 

“I cried tears of joy,” Ward said. “It was the result of a year's worth of work. This was a very thorough and in-depth process.” 

The award is a recognition for three years, meaning EPCHS will hold the exemplary school library award until at least 2025. 

In addition to EPCHS, AISLE recognized the school libraries at High Point School in Orland Park, Oak Lawn Community High School, Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School, South Park Elementary School in Deerfield and Vernon Hills High School with the award. 

“These librarians and their administrators all provided evidence that demonstrates an exemplary program and reflects the library standards supported by AISLE and the Illinois State Board of Education,” said Peggy Burton, chair of the AISLE School Recognition Award. 

EPCHS will receive a banner and a pair of certificates at an upcoming board meeting and the annual AISLE conference that will be held in Tinley Park this year.