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Celebrating the Melissa Schools librarians on National Library Workers Day

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Apr 2016

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As part of National Library Week and Library Workers Day, we celebrate our Library Media Specialists here at Melissa Schools: Debra Bridenbaugh (Harry McKillop Elementary), Cari Montgomery (Melissa Ridge Intermediate/Melissa Middle School), and Tiffany Matlock (Melissa High School).

Read below to learn a bit about them, and please join us in thanking them for all that they do to make each Melissa Schools library a great place for our Cardinals!


Debra Bridenbaugh

Debra Bridenbaugh

Harry McKillop Elementary

When did you realize that you wanted to become a librarian? From an early age, I knew that I wanted to make the world a better place for children. Teaching third grade was the way that I started to fulfill this dream. Eight years later I followed my students into the library at my new school. The librarian there read a Junie B Jones book to the students and all of us were mesmerized. After the story, this precious librarian began to help different students find their just right books. I was hooked! Bringing the magic of reading to students became my dream.

Is there one book (or author) that changed your life and/or is your all-time favorite? Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham was life-changing for me. Instead of sounding out letters on a page I began reading the words in a book. From that moment on, I was a reader.

What is the best thing about being a Cardinal librarian? The first time I helped with carpool duty and our athletes, cheerleaders, and Birdie came to be heroes for our littlest cardinals, I knew that I had become part of a very special place. Getting to help grow readers in this community is the absolute best thing about being a Cardinal librarian!


Cari Montgomery

Cari Montgomery

Melissa Ridge Intermediate/Melissa Middle School

When did you realize that you wanted to become a librarian? When I was young, I had a second grade teacher, Ms. Hiebert, who believed in me and showed me how reading and books could change my life. At that moment, I knew I wanted to share that same passion for books and a love for reading.

Is there one book (or author) that changed your life and/or is your all-time favorite? I remember a special pig stealing my heart and a spider who taught me about the power of a true friendship: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.

What is the best thing about being a Cardinal librarian? I like putting books in kids’ hands and showing them how reading can positively impact their lives. Anyone can open a book, but those who dive in with their heart have the courage to be changed forever.


Tiffany Matlock

Tiffany Matlock

Melissa High School

When did you realize that you wanted to become a librarian? I was a reading teacher for middle school students for several years. I loved teaching reading and discovered I had a talent for finding the perfect book for a kid. It was definitely a privilege when I was chosen as the MHS librarian.

Is there one book (or author) that changed your life and/or is your all-time favorite? My all time favorite author is Mark Twain. I think his satirical methods are hilarious.

What is the best thing about being a Cardinal librarian? Having the opportunity to connect and help so many students on our campus is my favorite thing about my position here.

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