Missouri Library Association Honors KCPL's Elena McVicar

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For Immediate Release:
October 31, 2013
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Missouri Library Association Honors KCPL's Elena McVicar

Elena McVicar, Youth Services Librarian at the Bluford Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, has been awarded the Missouri Library Association's Outstanding New Librarian Award.

The honor recognizes a librarian who has made a significant contribution to the improvement and advancement of library and information services. 

In her 18 months with Kansas City Public Library, McVicar has been instrumental in planning and implementing programs for adolescents.

"My most important accomplishment has been the branch lock-ins - which allow adolescents to sleep over at their local branches - and the Teen Trips," she says. "Planning these with several other youth librarians was incredibly fun and successful.  I am also really proud of the East High Book Club that I am a part of and the relationships I have created with the children and teens of the community."

McVicar came to Kansas City Public Libary directly from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she received masters degrees in both Library and Information Science and Children's Literature.

During her college years she was an intern for the Boston Public Library and held jobs at Wheelock College and the local Borders book store.  During her undergraduate years at Kansas State University she worked in the school's Veterinary Medical Library.

McVicar says she is looking forward to planning another year of summer reading for the city's children and to bringing unique programs to patrons of the Bluford Branch.

McVicar received the award earlier this month at the Missouri Library Association's annual conference.