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JPS Library Media Specialist Receives Mississippi Library Association's Carroon Apple Award

December 10, 2018

Katherine Dutro, Bruce Golden, Jeanette Whisenton
Bruce Golden (center) received the Carroon Apple Award at the 2018 MLA Awards Breakfast. With him is former JPS librarian Katherine Dutro (left) who was presented the Peggy May/MLA Scholarship Award. Jeanette Whisenton (right) is the Lead Librarian for Jackson Public Schools and the School Libraries Chair of the MLA.

The Mississippi Library Association awarded the 2018 Carroon Apple Award to JPS library media specialist Bruce Golden. The presentation was made at the association's Awards Breakfast held earlier this year. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishment in school library media services.

Golden has taught in Jackson Public Schools for over 20 years. He began his career as a classroom science teacher and then taught English Language Arts. He has been a professional librarian since 2004. For the past 15 years, he has dedicated himself to the growth, development, and curation of the Peeples Middle School library. He left an exemplary facility and collection there when he moved to Power APAC this school year. Golden enjoys the opportunity to work with other librarians on compliance with the American Library Association's information and technology standards.

Golden is also a musician, who has played orchestral percussion with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra for more than 35 years. He also has played improvised music with members of the Ars Supernova organization for more than 40 years. Golden and his wife Kristen, a philosophy professor at Millsaps College, have two daughters, Chelsea and Harper.

The Mississippi Library Association's Carroon Apple Award pays tribute to the professional legacy of Barbara Carroon in the area of school librarianship. The first "Apple" award was presented to Carroon, and thereafter has been known as the "Carroon Apple."