By Mary Getchell, Communications Director, Pierce County Library System
TACOMA – Thousands of children, parents and child care providers throughout Pierce County know Susan Anderson-Newham is amazing, now Library Journal has made it official. This spring Library Journal named Anderson-Newham a Mover & Shaker, a highly sought and prestigious award that recognizes emerging library leaders from around the world.
Anderson-Newham is the early learning supervising librarian at Pierce County Library System. She develops and implements early learning classes and materials for parents and child care providers.
“Nominating Susan was obvious,” said Neel Parikh, executive director for Pierce County Library System. “She is a gift to know and with whom to work—a true inspiration to parents, child care providers and other librarians. Her enthusiasm blends with her creativity and curiosity to deliver amazing, wonderful services that result in preparing children to read and learn.”
Anderson-Newham is an actor turned storyteller turned librarian.
“A children’s librarian is a kind of actor and storyteller. So my background has been a true benefit,” said Anderson-Newham. “Working with children, putting on a show, and being surrounded by books is the recipe for a dream job. The icing is not a cliché—my team truly makes a difference in people’s lives. The children and adults inspire us!”
Pierce County Library is a leader in early literacy and learning in Washington State, and Anderson-Newham’s ingenuity and dedication has led the way. In 2012 Anderson-Newham worked with Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and Child Care Aware to train 717 child care providers, present early learning workshops to 200 parents, and provide learning book kits to 163 child care centers and home day care sites.
Library Journal is a trade publication for librarians worldwide. Library Journal editors and writers reviewed more than 600 applications for the award. It recognized 50 up-and coming individuals from around the globe for their innovation, creativity and contributions to make a difference in people’s lives.