Every year the Montana Library Association recognizes librarians throughout the state that have made significant contributions to libraries and the service they provide.  This year, our very own head of the Bozeman Public Library’s Children’s Department, Cindy Christin, won the Sheila Cates Librarian of the Year Award.

Christin has focused on early literacy for kids throughout her 33 years at the Bozeman Public Library. As part of this, she has spearheaded Books with Babies, Early Childhood Community Council, Child Advancement Project, and the Bozeman Public School’s “Read 100” project.

Photo courtesy City of Bozeman
Photo courtesy City of Bozeman

Currently, the Bozeman Public Library is not open to the public and offers curbside, virtual, telephone, and online services only. They are open for curbside Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Online services, returns, and holds can be placed here or by calling (406) 582-2410.

Congratulations to Cindy Christin on the award and here's what some had to say when they heard the announcement:

  • "Congratulations Cindi! You have done so much for the MT library world and for your patrons, particularly the children. Well deserved!" - stated Dale Alger on Facebook.
  • "Cindy, I was thrilled to see this! Welcome to the Sheila Cates Librarian group! You have done such a major job for so long for both your library and libraries across the state -- I think you've earned this award twice!" - stated Cheryl Heser on Facebook
  • “Over the years, Cindy has positively impacted literally thousands of children’s lives. She continues to work passionately for children’s literacy and better parenting every single day. Her joy in her work is contagious and inspiring to everyone around her.” - said Susan Gregory, the Bozeman Public Library Director.
  • "Congratulations Cindy! This award could not go to a more deserving person! Cheers" - stated Melanie Roberts on Facebook.
  • “By her example and with her support, our library services to young children here in Montana are a point of pride for our state. I firmly believe that would not have happened without Cindy. The Ready2Read program, Summer Reading and the Museum of the Rockies programming partnership, the (Ready to Read) Rendezvous, Books and Babies, structured play in the library, redesigning children’s space in the library, summer food programs at the library: these are all in place due to Cindy. It would not be an overstatement to say that there are scores of children and families that owe a better, more enriched life to her." - stated Joann Flick, Continuing Education Coordinator for the Montana State Library.
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