Roanoke Region



Kelly Passek

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Moriah Moore

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Member Spotlight on Kelly Passek

What is one thing you cannot resist?

Anything chocolate! Also, getting into a good discussion about a topic that I’m passionate and knowledgeable about (ideally with the aforementioned chocolate available!)

Where is your favorite place to be?

Outside on my lounge chair, reading!

What is the weirdest job you ever had?

I am both a Librarian and a Biologist. During college I interned in the Buffalo Zoo’s Reptile House where I was responsible for feeding our American alligators! Rule 1: know where the animals are at all times when you are in the enclosure and Rule 2: never turn your back on them

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

My family and I are trying to visit as many of our National Parks as we can--17 parks so far! Isle Royale, Indiana Dunes and Cuyahoga are up next!

What would you do if you were not a librarian?

I’m very interested in the field of Public Health, especially the community education aspect of it.

Favorite movie line/quote:

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat”

If you could choose anyone - alive or dead - as a mentor, who would you pick?

Jane Goodall! I heard her speak when I was a junior in High School and it was then that I realized that I could make a career out of studying animals--there is so much for us to learn!

What is the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?

Um, student loans...

What is the coolest (or most important) trend you see today?

If you don’t have a job working with youth, you don’t realize just how passionate and informed and dedicated they are. I worry less about the future of our world after engaging with them!

What is your favorite food or treat?

I am originally from Buffalo, NY and that city has an amazing food culture. So “Buffalo Food” is my favorite: pizza, wings, subs...

What advice do you give students who haven’t read a book in a while?

Try this book. Just try it! If you don’t like it, just bring it back and I’ll find you a different one. Sometimes, your Librarian DOES know best!

What was the last book you read?

For School: Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds (I co-sponsor my schools’ Chapter of Project LIT Community and this is an upcoming selection for us)

For Myself: I’m working through Dopesick by (local author) Beth Macy

What do you like to do on your days off?

Bake! Pies, breads… I keep a list of new desserts that I want to try my hand at. Most recently I crossed puff pastry off of my list! We had delicious almond croissants!

What librarian job duty has surprised you the most?

Marketing! I mistakenly thought that people were just naturally drawn to the Library. It is hard work at times convincing teachers that you have something to offer and students that they don’t have to be readers to come to the Library. I’m six years into my current position and I had my first Math collaborations this year!! Keep asking and offering!

If you could transform one part of your library, what would you change?

I would change the staffing! Right now I am the only person in my Library for a school of 960 students. I am stretched thin, and I know all that our Library could be offering with an additional person here.


Each region is represented with two votes on the Board of Directors by the Regional Director and the Regional Director-Elect. A term of office is 2 years. Each year a new Director-Elect is elected for each region by the general VAASL membership.

The main role of each position is to represent the librarians and interests of the region on the board.  The Director coordinates the Regional Spring Conference and the Director-Elect coordinates the selection of the region's School Librarian of the Year. Each director contributes content through VAASL's communication channels. Interested in joining the VAASL Board of Directors? Nominate yourself or another person for your region's Director-Elect. The ballot slate is filled each spring by the VAASL Past-President. Additionally, each summer/fall, committees are filled for the following year by the Executive Board.


The next Roanoke Spring Conference is scheduled for March 9, 2021.

 School Librarian of the Year

Applications for the School Librarian of the Year are due January 31st of each year. A copy of the application is available in PDF for download. Final applications are submitted online.

Previous Recipients

       2020  Barbara Barber   2019  Haley Walters
2018 Mary Jo Krufka   2017  Sarah Haskins   2016  Kendel Lively
2015 Linda Yeatts    2014 Robert Joyce   2013 Jo Davis 
2012 Susan Light   2011 Heather Balsley   2010 Kathy Meredith
2009 Nicole Foley   2008 Nancy Keenan   2007 Mary Jo Krufka
2006  N/A   2005 Sandra Grant   2004 Ava Jackson
2003 Mary Jakubowski   2002 Elizabeth Keaton   2001 Wendy Gibson


 School Districts in the Roanoke Region

Virginia members belong to the Region of their work location.

Allegany County Public Schools Bedford County Public Schools Botentourt County Public Schools
Campbell County Public Schools Covington City Public Schools Craig County Public Schools
Danville City Public Schools Floyd County Public Schools Franklin County Public Schools
Giles County Public Schools Henry County Public Schools Lynchburg City Public Schools
Martinsville City Public Schools Montgomery County Public Schools Patrick County Public Schools
Pittsylvania County Public Schools Pulaski County Public Schools Radford City Public Schools
Roanoke City Public Schools Roanoke County Public Schools Salem City Public Schools
Wythe County Public Schools