Librarian of the year
Australia's favourite librarian can be found at Cessnock West Public School.
The announcement that their teacher-librarian, Jae Rolt, earned this popular title gave the students, staff and community of the school an extra reason to celebrate Library and Information Week (20-26 May)
Mrs Rolt was one of 438 nominations for the national award run by the Australian Library and Information Association.
She was named the Australian and NSW winner.
An unequivocal favourite, Mrs Rolt scored almost 10 per cent of the more than 14,000 votes cast in the competition.
Cessnock West Public School principal Cathie Ferguson was thrilled to hear of the Australia's Favourite Librarian win. She said Mrs Rolt was a school treasure.
"Mrs Rolt loves being a teacher-librarian," Mrs Ferguson said.
"Her favourite part of her job is watching the delight on her students faces when they discuss their favourite books.
"She also loves the enthusiastic community who come fully dressed up to the theme when the school holds book fairs during Book Week.
"Mrs Rolt's enthusiasm has been instrumental in bringing books alive to students and turning them on to reading."
Mrs Ferguson said Mrs Rolt was still stunned by her win and amazed by the number of votes the Cessnock West Public School community sent into the awards.
"Mrs Rolt has said it is an amazing feeling to realise that she has had a positive impact on so many lives.
"It is something that she will cherish for the rest of her life."