Leander ISD is celebrating Librarian Appreciation Week alongside National Library Week from April 8-12.

The mission of LISD librarians is to lead their school communities in an environment that challenges students to imagine possibilities, explore opportunities and connect with the future and the world.

“School Librarians have a unique role on campus in that we are teachers, but from a student perspective we are zero-risk adults who don’t impact their grades but provide help when asked and provide a safe, welcoming, inclusive environment,” Vista Ridge High School Librarian Melokka Spittler said.

LISD librarians have taught over 8,400 hours and nearly 20,000 lessons on information literacy skills; hosted authors, story tellers, artists, poets and even reading dogs; sponsored dozens of book fairs, reading programs, contests and events; attended more than 1500 hours of staff development; and presented at several conferences, including LISD’s own Continuous Improvement Conference, TCEA Conference and Texas Library Association Annual Conference.

“I absolutely love my job and working at HMS,” Henry Middle School Librarian Jacqui Isser said. “Our students, staff, and parent community are incredibly supportive of the library and make my job very enjoyable. It may sound corny, but I really am thrilled to come to work every single day!”

LISD’s most recent statistics show that LISD libraries have, collectively, more than 560,000 items available for check out, have circulated over 1,115,000 items in total and have checked out more than 914,000 items to students, averaging 32 items per student. Additionally, they have shared over 8,500 items among campuses through our inter-library loan service, had more than 520,000 searches on our Gale databases, 136,000 on EBSCO and nearly 2 million searches on all the district databases combined.