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Metro Schools librarian a finalist for top honor

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Lakisha Brinson Lakisha Brinson
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A Nashville school librarian is getting national recognition for her creative work with children and books.

Lakisha Brinson finished first among 600 Metro librarians and is now a national finalist for a librarian top honor.

Getting children to love reading is Brinson’s top priority, and putting them in charge of their books is what she said makes it work.

Brinson’s library at Amqui Elementary School isn’t a quiet, whispers-only zone. She leads the 9- and 10-year-olds in library and life skills.

“We’re talking about shelf order, independence, learning how to do things on their own,” Brinson said. “Sure, Dr. Brown could scan those books, but I tell them this is your space. It’s your library. I want you to have control.”

Brinson’s caring way with the chaos of children every day makes all of this work.

“It’s a lot of what I’ve wanted for years,” Brinson said. “I’m in a place where I feel fulfilled and passionate and all that.”

She said sometimes children learn best when they don’t know they’re learning.

Brinson has a master’s degree in library sciences and is in her 13th year at Metro Schools. She has led libraries at Stratton Elementary, Jere Baxter Middle and Maplewood High School.

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