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Lisa Wahler & Elementary School Library Wins National Recognition

by: Kris Hazelton

This week, a big celebration was held at the Estes Park Elementary School Library to honor Library Media Specialist, Lisa Wahler and her outstanding staff of volunteers for winning grand prize in the 2008 National Scholastic Book Fair!

Estes Park won this prestigious award from their spectacular Blizzard of Books book fair held last fall. Estes Park parent and teacher volunteers transformed the school into a winter wonderland, complete with hand-crafted igloos, polar bears, snowflakes and penguins. To build excitement for the fair, students participated in a 2,000 book reading challenge and tried to guess how long it would take a 150 pound ice sculpture to melt. The school also hosted a special family night event that featured juggling and other stunts by a world renowned entertainer, free hot cocoa and raffles. All of this attention to detail, all aimed at getting kids to read is what set apart Lisa Wahler’s book fair, from all others in this national contest.

Being the first place winner, the Elementary School Library received a beautiful banner, certificate and a check for $2,500 to be used to purchase supplies for the library. The school also won a visit from award-winning children’s author and illustrator Mark Teague on Monday, May 19. Teague has published more than 20 picture books for young people, including the award-winning book, “How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?”

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