Library gets visit, awards from state Rep. Janowski

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Rockville - posted Thu., Jul. 14, 2011
State Rep. Claire Janowski (left) presents Rockville Public Library librarian Shahla Zarinejad with a bevy of certificates on July 19, commemorating her recent Faith Hektoen Award for her 25 years of service to children's library programs. Photos by Steve Smith.
State Rep. Claire Janowski (left) presents Rockville Public Library librarian Shahla Zarinejad with a bevy of certificates on July 19, commemorating her recent Faith Hektoen Award for her 25 years of service to children's library programs. Photos by Steve Smith.

July 12 was an eventful day at the Rockville Public Library.

State Rep. Claire Janowski (D-56th District) stopped by to read to children from the Indian Valley YMCA Elm Street Branch and the Academy of Art and Learning, as well as to other library patrons.

Children's Librarian Shahla Zarinejad said Janowski typically appears as a guest reader a few times per year, and talks about her job in Hartford, but when the children are of a younger set, she makes it easier by engaging in a question-and-answer session.

“I miss not having grandchildren, so this is a way for me to be around children of that age level,” Janowski said. “They're so demonstrative, and they get so wrapped up in the story. I do it a couple of times a year, and I enjoy it.”

“She comes and does this usually once per summer,” Zarinejad said. “She's also been very helpful to me in getting grants from the state.”

Zarinejad said Janowski has also helped the library secure funding for construction in the past.

Janowski brought three important documents for Zarinejad – a certificate of commendation from her office, a citation from the General Assembly, and an official statement from the office of Gov. Dannel J. Malloy – all of which congratulated Zarinejad on her recent receipt of the Faith Hektoen Award, which recognizes her efforts in children's library services, and serves as the equivalent of a children's librarian of the year award for the state of Connecticut.

Zarinejad also received two professional and elegantly-framed portraits from local photographer Stephen Charles, in honor of her award.

“I can’t think of anyone else who has done so much in terms of children’s programming,” Janowski said, “as well as at the state level, with grants for enrichment programs for the community. She's a treasure.”

For more information on Rockville Public Library and its children's programs, visit www.rockvillepubliclibrary.org.


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