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2021 OELMA Awards Spotlight on Chiquita Toure, Collaborative School Library Award Winner
09/28/2021

The Collaborative School Library Award recognizes and encourages collaboration and partnerships between school library media specialists and the school community through joint planning of a program, project, or event in support of the curriculum, using school library resources, and incorporating the AASL Standards. This year, we are celebrating a few school library media specialists!
Today, let's get to know Chiquita Toure, School Librarian at Eastmoor Academy located at Columbus City Schools 


 
Q: How many years have you been a librarian/educator? Or your current career?
A: 13 years
 
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A: Educator
 
Q: Who has inspired you in your professional career?
A: Teachers and professors in college
 
Q: What book have you read more than once, if any? And why?
A: Wake of the Wind, I love historical fiction and I can't get enough of the storyline. It's the legacy of one family that brings me joy.
 
Q: What was your first job?
A: A math tutor for 4th graders when I was a 9th grader.
 
Q: What is the furthest place you have traveled?
A: Dakar, Senegal
 
Q: What is your favorite tech tool or app right now that you cannot live without?
A: On Being podcast because the interviews are wonderful.
 
Q: What inspires you the most about working in education and libraries?
A: Having the opportunity to impact young people and collaborate with my colleagues.
 
Q: Would you like to say anything specific about your award and/or winning your award within your spotlight?
A: It has been an honor and privilege to work with three outstanding women who love what they do and understand the concept of a shared vision.
 
 Congrats, Chiquita, on this OELMA award and all the work you do! OELMA is honored to award you this award this year!