The Johnson County Public Library is honored to share that our own Children’s Librarian Sue Salamone has been named the Indiana Library Federation 2019 Outstanding Librarian of the Year! This award honors and recognizes excellence and innovative leadership in the development of library service and remarkable service to the profession. If your child attends a Clark Pleasant elementary school or you visit our Clark Pleasant Branch, you know just how special Miss Sue is and why this award is so deserved.

Here are just a few of the lovely things people say about her:

"What amazes me most is that Sue could simply toss 20 books in a pile for me and send me on my way, but that’s never what happens. She cares. She kindly asks questions to educate herself on our needs as a class, all so she can give us her best. Her willingness to go the extra mile has helped perfect her craft which is how she’s become the best librarian I’ve ever known." - Alyssa Hall, 4th Grade Teacher, Grassy Creek Elementary School

"Sue’s efforts extend beyond the walls of the library. Her frequent school outreach visits have made her a rockstar back at the branch. The children whose classes she has visited make a beeline for her office whenever they’re at the library to share a book they’re reading, some personal news, or just to see if she remembers them." - Davin Kolderup, Clark Pleasant Branch Manager

"She enthusiastically shares recently released titles with children in her library during story time, as well as children in local childcare facilities during outreach visits, using those interactions to determine whether or not a title should be on the annual list. She is joyfully spreading the love of reading and the importance of literacy in her service to the children of Johnson County." - Courtney Brown, Regional Coordinator, Indiana State Library

A little more about Miss Sue:

Sue received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1980 from the University of Richmond in Virginia, and then served five years as a library assistant on the County of Henrico Public Library’s bookmobile. Twenty years later, she received her Masters of Library Science (MLS) degree in 2002. In her 17 years at Johnson County Public Library, Sue has completed the library’s Leadership Academy program, served on numerous library committees, and represented the library in the community. Additionally, Sue has served on many ILF committees, including the Youth Services Division, the Young Hoosier Book Award (YHBA) Committee and is currently serving on the Read-Alouds Too-Good-To Miss Committee and Regional Conference Committee.

Sue met her husband David, a construction project manager, while working at the Virginia Baptist Historical Society/University Archives at her alma mater. Sue and Dave have two adult daughters in Indianapolis. She teaches preschoolers in her church children’s ministry and volunteers with United Way of Johnson County and Servant’s Heart of Indy food and clothing pantry. 

Read the Daily Journal article about Miss Sue