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

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!