Sharon Rawlins, youth services consultant for the NJ State Library, was named the State Library’s Brightest Light by Thomas Edison State University, having her certificate, balloon and mug full of candy presented in a brief ceremony on October 4.
Nominated by State Librarian Mary Chute, Rawlins was recognized for her leadership, and dedicated service to the library community and the library staff who serve children and youth. She is committed to promoting literacy, to building community and to making libraries the heart of a community. She has been instrumental in organizing and promoting professional resources for youth services librarians, so that they can provide the best in library services to their children and teen patrons.
Her involvement and contributions to her chosen field and our communities, families, children and NJSL go beyond New Jersey. Currently, she represents New Jersey in the national Collaborative Summer Reading Program as the 2016-2017 president of the program. She is a longtime member of the State Library’s Recreation Committee, and plays an instrumental role in planning annual events designed to boost morale and promote collaboration and social activity among NJSL employees. A few of these events include our annual holiday party and spring trip to a Trenton Thunder baseball game, as well as various fundraisers, and potluck socials.
Rawlins is a role model, and throughout the course of her career has been an inspiration. Her involvement in local and national library organizations, her planning and organizational skills, and her commitment, inspire colleagues to also get involved, to dream big and to discover new ways to serve others.
Because of her outstanding leadership, dedication and accomplishments, Sharon was very deserving of being named the State Library’s Brightest Light.