NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Union Free Library is the recipient of two Rhode Island Library Association Awards. The awards are given annually during a two-day conference, this year and last year held virtually, to individuals who work in or contribute to libraries in outstanding manners. The North Providence Library received the Paraprofessional of the Year and Trustee of the Year awards.
The Paraprofessional of the Year award went to Lynda LaCava, Children’s Program specialist. Her supervisor, librarian Jenny Durant said, “Lynda is integral to the success of our wonderful Children’s Department here at the North Providence Union Free Library. Being a teacher, Lynda easily incorporates literacy skills into the story times she performs, and has many creative ideas for working with the children in North Providence to help instill their love for reading. During the pandemic, Lynda helped create video story times for the kids and even dressed up as a shark to help entertain the kids who were facing so much uncertainty. She knows the children that come into the library by name, and kids often color pictures for her and seek her out when they come into the library. Lynda is always thinking of new ways to make our department better, and puts in the work to make it happen. She always goes above and beyond anything that is expected of her.”