Each year the Friends of the Lynnwood Library award a $1,000 scholarship to a student enrolled in an accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science program. The Friends consider the student’s grade point average, work history, affiliation with Sno-Isle Libraries, and their potential for future contributions in public library service.
This year, the award went to Zandra Troiani. When Troiani first started working at Sno-Isle in 2007 she was able to witness and participate in the creation of new teen programs, which led her to realize how much of an impact libraries can have on young adults. Though Troiani left Sno-Isle for a short while, coming back as a page helped to focus her and started her down to the path to becoming a librarian. In a few short years Zandra has gone from a part-time page to a full-time staff member at the Service Center in Marysville, currently working in Collection Development and learning about what goes on behind the scenes to help make her a better public librarian in the future.
Zandra attained her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2014 from the University of Washington-Bothell where she was on the Dean’s List for Academic Excellence for each quarter. She is steadily working toward her Master’s in Library and Informational Science from the UW, expecting to graduate in 2017.
In her application letter, Zandra wrote: “Being able to work for Sno-Isle these past few years has allowed me to see how much of an impact libraries have on a community. Though I have always thought that public libraries were important , the degree of importance has grown. This is one of the major reasons I want to work in public libraries when I graduate. Big or small, I hope to find a way to make changes and provide opportunities.”