2017 Lampman Award Recipient
Heather McNeil: Storyteller, Author, and Youth Librarian
Heather McNeil is the Youth Services Manager at Deschutes Public Library, a position she has held with gratitude for 19 years. Even though most of her days are filled with planning, budget, and coaching, she maintains presenting Toddlin’ Tales Story Time four times a week in Bend because, “it’s the best part of my week. I love those two-year-olds, to whom everything is fascinating and funny.” Heather received the Oregon Library Association’s Librarian of the Year Award in 2014.
Heather is also an award-winning professional storyteller, and she represented the United States at international storytelling festivals in Scotland and New Zealand. She is the author of a book on early literacy, “Read, Rhyme and Romp: Early Literacy Skills and Activities for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents,” based on her 35 years of experience with story time, as well as being a Specialty Master Trainer on early literacy through Portland State University.
Heather also authored two books on folklore after collecting stories in Kenya and Scotland, and she is now working on a historical fantasy trilogy for teens. She served on the 2005 Newbery Committee, the 2013 Wilder Committee, and is currently on the 2018 Caldecott Committee. Heather enjoys time with her daughter, Jamie Rose, her cats, and whatever wildlife wanders around her home outside of Bend.
2017 Lampman Committee Members:
- Carrie Kasperick, Chair
- Monmouth Public Library
- Linda Annable
- Holly Campbell-Polivka
- Kate Carter
- Korie Jones-Buerkle
- Esther Moberg
- Marian Rose
The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award was established in 1982 to honor a living Oregon author, librarian, or educator who has made a significant contribution to Oregon in the fields of children’s literature and library services. It is awarded annually by the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association.