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Library Media Services is delighted to share some of the wonderful adventures students are having in libraries throughout the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. Every month we highlight several elementary and/or secondary school libraries. This provides an opportunity for each to share some of the exciting activities occurring throughout the school year.

For the month of February, Library Media Services is pleased to announce that we have chosen to highlight the libraries at Anne Wien Elementary, Arctic Light Elementary, and Lathrop High Schools.  Please scroll down and enjoy a brief look into these wonderful libraries. Afterwards, we invite you to peruse some of the helpful tools that Library Media Services has to offer, such as  Learning Links or Homework Help.

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Hi! My name is Cindy Bravo and I am the new library media specialist at Anne Wien Elementary. My family, the Olbergs, moved from Enumclaw, Washington to Fairbanks, Alaska when my dad was offered a job as bank manager at Bank of the North. I attended Lathrop High School and graduated from Delta High School in 1981, where my family eventually settled. I went to college at University of Alaska Fairbanks, graduating with a bachelor's degree in English and Journalism. I eventually found my niche working at the News-Miner in the Commercial Printing department and remained there until I began my own business as a daycare provider, staying home with my own children and taking care of new family friends.

I initially came to Anne Wien Elementary as a parent, when we moved to Aurora, but applied for the position of Behavior Specialist when it came open in the fall of 2009. The late Leslie Campbell hired me and Michael Angaiak is our current leader. I was always interested in the library and applied when the position came open last fall, enrolling in a children's literature class and taking the next big step. My transition was seamless, mostly because I already knew the student body and their challenges. I was also supported by our school's teachers and staff, where we "work hard, play fair and take care of each other."

I am Al Bravo's wife and mother of three, Abby, Aaron and Alex, 21, 17 and 14 respectively. I am an enthusiastic runner and skier, with the goal of running the Equinox next fall. I love to read, cook and knit, but there is never enough time for reading! I am a long-time member of the the Beautiful Readers book group. During the summer I work as a youth supervisor at Pioneer Park, planting flowers, building picnic tables, supporting events and making the park shine!

Mrs. Bravo

January Features

During January students at Anne Wien studied and celebrated the Caldecott and Newbery Award winners. We recognized Martin Luther King's Birthday, learning about the birth of the civil rights movement and noticed how much has changed for the better since that time. We began spelling bee practices during lunch times in preparation for the school bee on February 17th. In addition, we have had a successful few weeks of Guys Read and the 4th grade girls are eagerly awaiting their turn. The library regularly hosts staff meetings, navigation meetings, k-12 planning sessions, and PTA gatherings.

AWE Students  

February Features

In February, practice will continue until the day of the spelling bee at Anne Wien. Our top three winners will go on to the district competition on February 25.

Valentine's Day approaches, in addition to preparation for the Iditarod reading challenge to take place during the actual race. Students are also working on entries to the 23rd Annual Statewide Poetry Contest to be submitted to the Fairbanks Arts Association by February 15th. Students will be exploring the accomplishments of African American achievers during Black History Month. During conferences the book fair will be set up for student and parent purchases, something that everyone looks forward to!

Upcoming Events

I would like to highlight the beautiful mosaics that now hang in our library, the legacy of our former librarian and now kindergarten teacher, Liz Kane. The mosaics were crafted by our students with the instruction from our artist in residence, Sara Tabbert.

AWE mosaic
AWE mosaic  

Additional Information

You have to really like kids to work in an elementary school and for me, our jobs at Anne Wien Elementary School are all about the kids! I would like to emphasize how important the mechanics and enjoyment of reading are to elementary students. Engaged reading is the gateway to success in school and later on in life, no matter what career a student chooses. If I can reach just one student and hook them, I will have made a difference. Teaching students how to navigate the library and explore the ever expanding media in our increasingly complicated world is an essential skill to have.

As an endnote, my little sister, Kristen Zayon, is the library media specialist at Pearl Creek Elementary, and I aspire to have the mastery that she does at her school.

 AWE art



Hello. My name is Maria Zaverl and this is my second year working in the Arctic Light Elementary Library. I was born and raised within a few miles of the school.  I attended Nordale Elementary, Tanana Jr. High School, and graduated from Lathrop High School. I began my studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the Business Administration program. However, I switched my major after the first year to Elementary Education. During my studies at UAF, I volunteered in local schools and worked for the FNSBSD Alaska Native Education Department as a Home-School Liaison at Pearl Creek, Nordale, Tanana & Ryan Middle Schools. During college I also worked for Doyon Limited developing an ANCSA educational toolkit for our region's village schools, and as the Doyon Lands Department Librarian. After earning my Bachelor of Education degree from UAF, I worked for the Fairbanks Native Association as a preschool teacher. Then, in 1997, I was hired as a first grade teacher at Anderson Elementary. After five years teaching first grade at Eielson AFB, I resigned and dedicated myself to raising our two sons and to being actively involved in their schooling at Weller Elementary, Immaculate Conception School, Tanana Middle and Monroe High School. Dylan is now a Junior at Washington State University in Pullman Wa. studying Business and Economics. John is a Junior at Hutchison High concentrating on information technology, but enjoying welding just as much. I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to work as a volunteer Docent at the Museum of the North and as a FNSBSD, ICS and Monroe substitute teacher prior to working here at Arctic Light Elementary.

Heather Redmon has been our Library Aide since prior to my being hired in November 2015. Her husband, TJ, proudly serves in the Army. The Redmon's two sons, Christopher and Josh, have both attended Arctic Light. Heather has been a very dedicated staff member. In addition to the time she works in the library, she also serves as a recess duty person and has always been willing to lend a cheerful, helping hand when and wherever she is needed. The Redmon family is moving to their next base in South Carolina in early February. Heather will be greatly missed at our school and she takes with her our best wishes!

Sarah Kelly will begin working as our new Library Aide on February 6th. Sarah also serves as a recess duty person here at Arctic Light Elementary. Her husband is currently deployed and their two children attend Arctic Light.

January Features

In January the Library gained two designated Destiny kiosks! In addition, 8 iPads were also set up to access Destiny. The RAM on two of the library computers have been increased too. The use of OPAC has been taught, reviewed, practiced and incentivized during library lessons. The students are excited to be able to quickly use OPAC now!

All the fourth grade boys turned out for the three highly popular "Guys Read" sessions held in the library during January.

Due to the cold weather, 5 hours of recess were held in the library. Recess stations included reading with book buddies, reading to self, playing scrabble and creating puppet shows.

Martin Luther King was highlighted on the library bulletin board, in a featured book display and during class read alouds.

On January 25th I had the pleasure of participating in our school's literacy night by working with students at the journal and scrapbook creation table.

A science fair book and informational display was featured prominently during January and will continue for the first few weeks of February.

February Features

Our Book Fair, held on October 31st and November 1st during Parent-Teacher conferences, was a very well attended and successful fundraiser for our Library. In coordination with our PTA, our 2nd Scholastic Book Fair will be held during Parent-Teacher conferences on February 21 & 22. The profits from the February Book Fair will be shared with our amazing PTA.

Together with the PTA, the BOGO Book Fair is being planned to be held in May. The end of the year BOGO book fair will benefit our students; a FREE BOOK with each book purchased!!

"Guys Read" had their last reading session in the library during lunch on February 2nd.

Ongoing Activities

Student volunteers from the Citizenship committee, as well other eager

students, will continue to be trained to work in the library for 15-20 minutes outside of their instructional time.

Additional Information

The library has featured 76 new books via prominent displays throughout the library during January. Many of the new books have been used during preschool and K-3 read aloud times and for the "Guys Read" sessions.

Valentine's Day decore February is


at Lathrop High School Library!


Upon entering the library, you can instantly ‘feel the love’, as is evident in the paper hearts with sweet sentiments surrounded by splashes of pink and red.

Lathrop Library is ready to receive you with open arms whenever you need assistance with class projects, locating resources or feel the need to get lost in a good read.
Library decore Library decorations
Lathrop Library Staff

Mrs. Krizek   Mrs. Lynne Krizek - Librarian

I began my career in school librarianship in the early 1980s. With employment opportunities at six school libraries and one public library to my credit, I can easily say that I have had a multitude of rewarding experiences in libraries. Much has changed in the way our students access and utilize information and I feel fortunate to have been a part of the developments in library services to youth. Sixty percent of my career has been at Lathrop so it is safe to say that Lathrop Library has been my ‘second home’!LTH Library Staff

Ms. Gill Mrs. Michelle Gill – Library Assistant

Our family moved to the Fairbanks area during the summer of 2016 in accordance with my husband’s military career. I began working as a library assistant at Lathrop in August. My past work experience has included working in school libraries in central Texas. I have a B.A. in English from the University of Central Oklahoma and I am currently taking classes online to earn my Masters of Library Science from Texas Women’s University.


Ms. Mendoza Ms. Melissa Mendoza - Library Assistant

I am a new transplant to Alaska from California. I am enjoying my time here and I feel lucky to live in such a beautiful state. I come from a public library background, so I am learning the ins and outs of school librarianship, but I welcome the challenge. I enjoy playing board games, reading, listening to music and cheering on my nephews at their wrestling and hockey games. I would love to travel more and hope to complete my bucket list of places that I want to live and work.

Photo sign

Perhaps the best way to experience life within Lathrop Library is to take a visual tour of moments that one could encounter in any given day. Every day produces its own agenda but some things remain constant. There are always students, teachers, staff and community members to assist, conversations to engage in and relationships to build and cement. One does not just find information and answers at Lathrop Library. One also finds a safe haven, a comfortable place, and even, as one student said, ‘a paradise’.

Free periods & hall passes

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LTH Students
A part of daily life at LHS Library is the interaction with students having free periods. We have our ‘regulars’ and have come to just expect them to be there. The planets don’t seem to be aligned when even one of them is absent.
Library Regulars
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 Before/After School & Lunch
The busiest times of the school day are often before and after school, and during the student lunch period. The place is a beehive of activity with fingers typing away, speed reading skills tested, glue sticks in motion and mixed with a bit of panic over enforced deadlines.
 LTH Student  LTH Student
LTH Student    LTH Student

Student Aides
LHS Library staff values the student library aides and would simply be lost without them. We celebrate birthdays, share experiences and jokes in addition to accomplishing many projects together during the school year. Student aides are a large component of our library family.
Library Aide   Library Aide


Your LIBRARY can help you with it all! So reap the benefits that come from having a school library available to you –and for nine hours each school day!

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Thank you to these Lathrop students who graciously consented to offer their photo to this SPOTLIGHT page: Chloe Allan, Duncan Andreone, Erik Attla, Tjarn Bross, Dianna Certain, Maya Cheydleur, Addie Clarke, Jared Day, Maria Dickinson, Anna Freeman, Bryant Griffith, Shelby Harlan, RJ Henry, Noah Hopkins Martin, Ji Yong Jeong, Michael Lee, Jacob Lotze, Jeremiah Malenfant, Logan Mowry, Anna Nakamura-Vinal, Crystal Silva, My My Tang, Darth Vader, and Nick Wright.

Specifics on the management and services of Lathrop Library, go to the LHS LibGuide at:  http://libguides.k12northstar.org/lth.