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Lisa Churchill

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Lisa Churchill is a retired K-12 school librarian in Birmingham,Alabama, where she created, planned, and prepared successful library programs, which included author visits. She graduated from the University of Montevallo in 1980, with a bachelors degree in Speech and Theater and a minor in English. After graduation she taught speech and coached debate. She enjoyed many hours in libraries teaching and guiding her students to that perfect piece of literature. She witnessed numerous students have that “aha moment,” and the aha moments are what led her to pursue a masters in Library Science. In 1984 she became a high school librarian; in 1986 she was an elementary librarian; and in 1988 she moved and remained a middle school librarian until retirement in 2010.

During her career she won the Carrie C. Robinson Award for having “Alabama’s Outstanding School Library Program 1989,” which was given at the annual A.E.A. state convention; she was asked twice to present at AASL (American Association of School Librarians) national conference, first in 1990 – Baltimore and then in 2005 – Pittsburgh; and she was named a National Board Certified Library Media Specialist in 2007. She has received local, state, and national recognition for two of her library programs, “Readers Meet Writers in the Middle” and “Readers and Writers Review.”

Lisa’s author visits are legendary! From having Christopher Paolini meet with gifted English students interested in writing to facilitating a session for reluctant readers with R.L. Stine to having every football player, coach and interested parent meet to review John Coy’s book, Crackback, before his visit, she knows what engages students and how to get them reading and ready for an author’s school visit.



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