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2014 Bresnahan Book Award given out

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It's been a tough year for the Liverpool School Community, without one of their beloved librarians. Lori Bresnahan was brutally murdered last year. To honor her love of reading, the district created a book award in her honor. Iris St. Meran tells us how students got involved in the process.

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. -- The love for reading could be seen and felt in Liverpool, Friday.

"Sometimes I like to read books without pictures because when stuff happens, you can picture it in your mind, what's going on in your own way," Eric Gilcher, Soule Road Elementary School student.

Members from the school district gathered at Barnes & Noble because of former School Librarian Lori Bresnahan. She was murdered last year. Her passion for reading lives on through everyone in the community.

"You couldn't have a conversation with her without her talking about her love of books and her love of teaching children," Erica Loop, Bresnahan's friend

"I hope she's smiling now. I hope she's feeling the love that we bring to the children with sharing all of this literature with them," Kay Budmen, Soule Road Elementary School Librarian.

Budmen said her favorite book award was the Charlotte Award, the reason: Children read and then vote on the books. The district decided to honor her by creating the Bresnahan Book Award. Ten books were chosen and all read by the students who voted on the winner. The very first recipient was Penguin and Pinecone, a Friendship Story written by Salina Yoon.

This is the kind of excitement the district was hoping to foster in the children and even adults. And it was Bresnahan who originally brought that excitement to them.

"It's a huge tribute to who Lori was as an educator and to who Lori was as a person to the lives that she touched in Liverpool," said Danielle Fanale, Soule Road Elementary Teacher.

Elementary school students read and voted on the book. The Middle school students designed the award. And high school students created the website for everyone to cast their vote. This award will be given out every other year. The books that were read will go on Lori's Bookshelf in each of the Liverpool School Libraries.

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