Lee Farren, a volunteer with the Ukiah Public/School Library, was recognized by the Oregon Library Association-Childrens Services Division with the Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award.
Farren has been volunteering at the Ukiah Public/School Library for the past 10 years. She encourages the children of Ukiah to engage in reading, writing, art and literature. Literacy is her passion and Farren shares that passion with Ukiahs elementary school children every week, showing them what it looks like to love books.
Daniel Korber, Ukiah School superintendent, said Farren shares her knowledge and kindness in many ways. He said she wears many hats in Ukiah, including school budget committee member, story time organizer and leader, art instructor, art show coordinator, mentor to students, library book recommender, writer and editor of the city of Ukiah Newsletter, tutor for English language learners, Writers Workshop co-creator and leader, book club participant, and the puppeteer who gets George to inspire her youngest students.
Through all of this work, Lee had never bragged that she is a published writer, that she is a freelance writer, that she is a past school librarian, or that she has taught writing, said Norma Barber, an English teacher at Ukiah schools. She simply works at her craft, and as she does, she demonstrated that reading and writing are important aspects of our lives.
The Lampman Award was established in 1982 to honor a living Oregon author, librarian, or educator who has made significant contribution to Oregon in the fields of childrens literature and library services.
The Ukiah Public/School Library is a member of the Umatilla County Special Library District, which helps provide funding for library services to residents of the county.