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Fessenden Hosts 50 Librarians for Association of Independent School Librarians Conference

Lulu Kiley, Lower School Librarian; Marie St. Germain, Middle School Librarian; Erika Hoddinott, Upper School Librarian

A bus full of independent school librarians from around the country pulled onto campus and into the Bernon Hall loop. Out spilled the exuberant group, greeted by smiling parent volunteers, music, and a bountiful spread from Fessenden’s Sanderson Dining Hall.

Early on a recent spring morning, the School’s Wheeler Library hosted part of the annual Association of Independent School Librarians Conference, this year centered in Boston. Upon the group’s arrival, Head of School Steve Armstrong warmly welcomed the 50 librarians, who then split into two groups for professional development sessions throughout the morning. Sessions were held in the Wheeler Library and the Ciongoli Center for Innovation (CCI), and topics included using literature to inspire activism, designing innovative project-based learning units, and creating inspiring reading programs for middle school boys.

In addition, Upper School Librarian Erika Hoddinott was one of the lead organizers of the conference, serving on the AISL Executive Committee as the Vendor and Sponsor Expert and one of the Transportation Experts. Her role on the host committee spanned two years and included arranging school visits, transportation, and sponsors. Her work was celebrated at the conference’s closing dinner in Boston.

Librarian visitors remarked on and appreciated not only the quality and ingenuity of Fessenden’s facilities, but also the School’s clear sense of welcome and joy. Many members of the community came together to make Fessenden’s host morning a success, and the Wheeler Library staff is appreciative of the parent volunteers, the technology department, the CCI, and the food service staff for their contributions.
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