OELMA is pleased to announce that Homeport’s Bright Ideas Book Bank is the recipient of an AASL Commendation. Nominated by Krista Taracuk and Angela Wojtecki at the AASL Region 3 meeting in Minneapolis in May 2014, the Bright Ideas Book Bank was recognized at the national level during the Annual Conference of the American Library Association as an outstanding program deserving of recognition. Homeport believes in the positive effect that access to books can have on a child’s development. In the winter of 2013, Bright Ideas Book Bank provided nearly 1,000 books to 436 children, with plans to provide multiple books to over 600 low-income students living in Homeport’s communities. Homeport is optimistic that as word spreads about the program over the next few years, it will get closer to reading all 2,500 children who call Homeport community their home. Homeport’s Bright Ideas Book Bank is this year’s Literacy Leader Award recipient and will be honored at the 2014 OELMA Conference in Columbus.