PORTLAND — Kelley McDaniel, librarian at King Middle School, has won a 2010 “I Love My Librarian” Award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the American Library Association and the New York Times.

McDaniel is one of 10 librarians nationally who are being recognized for service to their communities. Each winner will receive a $5,000 prize and be honored at a reception on Thursday hosted by the New York Times in New York City. More than 1,400 librarians were nominated.

During her 10 years at King, McDaniel has created many innovative programs to encourage a love of reading, including author teas, readathons, Thanks-A-Latte Days and Harry Potter sleepovers.

“Kelley has made our library a valuable resource to all,” said King Principal Michael McCarthy.  “She tirelessly searches for resources to enhance learning expeditions. She has created a school library which is not only a place to find and read books, but also a place to eat, sleep and dance with them.”

McDaniel received the 2005 Walter J. Taranko Library Media Specialist of the Year Award from the Maine Association of School Libraries.  She has raised more than $25,000 in grants for library-related projects since 1999.

She also has given workshops and presentations at many conferences, including the 2010 International Reading Association Annual Convention.

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