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Old Town Librarian Surprised with Award from Maine Association of School Libraries 

“If they can read, they can do anything.”

What started as a typical assembly turned into something much bigger. A celebration for a beloved librarian.

“Her energy and her just dedication to the profession is just wonderful,” said Tina Taggart, President Elect of the Maine Association of School Libraries.

The Walter J. Taranko Award honors librarians who go above and beyond the job title.

Old Town Elementary’s Lynn Mayer is this year’s recipient.

“She is definitely an inspiration for most librarians,” said Taggart.

The award is given to one librarian every year by the Maine Association of School Libraries.

“When we built this school in 2003, we built it with the library in the center of the school and it was supposed to be the library as the heart. I think Lynn has become the heart of the library instead of the library as the heart of the school,” said Jeanna Tuell, Principal of Old Town Elementary School. “She is an incredible woman.”

Surrounded by the kids she has dedicated her career to, Mayer simply smiled. She was at a loss for words.

“I’ve known a lot of other people who have this honor and to put myself in their same circle is a huge honor,” said Lynn Mayer, Library Media Specialist at Old Town Elementary School.

This moment says it all.

“You work day after day, year after year, and you always wonder and this is an affirmation that maybe in some small way I’ve made a difference somewhere,” said Mayer.