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Cloquet librarian wins national essay contest

Lisbeth Boutang, children's librarian at Cloquet Public library, has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the "What I Wish Everyone Knew About Librarians" essay contest. Librarians from all over the U.S. were invited to write essays to tell the w...

Lisbeth Boutang, children's librarian at Cloquet Public library, has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the "What I Wish Everyone Knew About Librarians" essay contest. Librarians from all over the U.S. were invited to write essays to tell the world what they want others to know about librarians.

"Ms. Boutang's essay captivated the contest judges," said publisher Debbie Glade. "Her creative writing style and inspirational content stir every emotion in the reader. Her essay gives the reader a rare and intimate glimpse into the mind of a clever librarian. This talented librarian should continue to write and publish."

Smart Poodle Publishing sponsored the essay contest for librarians entitled "What I Wish Everyone Knew About Librarians." This was a chance for entrants to dispel stereotypes of "typical" librarians.

Forty-four entries from 23 states were received from a wide variety of libraries including public, private, corporate, law, music, theological, medical, university, college, middle school and even a prison library. These ranged from rural libraries with one employee to mega libraries with 90,000+ books checked out every month. From helping a patron research her child's life-threatening illness, to handling a hilarious incident in a library bathroom, these librarians shared details about their jobs outsiders would be fascinated to know.

Boutang will be awarded $500, an Award Certificate and an autographed copy of Travel Adventures of Lilly P Badilly: Costa Rica.

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