Vermont Humanities

Richford Jr. Sr. High School Librarian Honored with Statewide Humanities Educator Award

Annette Goyne, a librarian at Richford Jr. Sr. High School,  received the 2022 Victor R. Swenson Award.

Goyne served as the director of her town’s library for seven years before becoming a school librarian for the past twenty years. In each of those roles, Goyne says she found a comrade in Vermont Humanities, who “helped me bring the world’s history, art, cultures, peoples, philosophies, and religions to my rural community tucked along the border with Quebec.”

Operating on a lean public library budget, she leveraged the Speakers Bureau and Vermont Reads programs to provide her community with new opportunities for learning, perspectives, and ideas. A champion of Humanities Camps in her school, Goyne has been the lead in organizing and hosting a camp every summer for the last 14 years. “I was also eager to provide my middle schoolers with a safe place to forge and deepen friendships, and also to be able to provide breakfast and lunch for needy students during the week in between free school lunches and our local playground camp’s summer program,” says Goyne.

“Both my daughters attended the Vermont Humanities Camp that Annette spearheads each year,” says fellow educator and Richford High parent Lori McGraw, who nominated her for the Swenson award. “They enjoyed it so much that they became volunteer counselors every year in high school.

Goyne also plans and co-leads the Rennaissance Awards for middle school students and serves as a National Honor Society Adviser for the high school students. In the fall of 2020 amid strict Covid-19 restrictions, Goyne collaborated with her colleagues to organize a safe, masked in-person ceremony for students inducted into the NHS that included all the features, speakers, and decorum of the annual induction ceremony. The event was broadcast to the students’ friends and families via Facebook Live.

As the school librarian, Goyne works to engage students in becoming readers and critical thinkers. She observed current trends in popular teen culture and tailors her book collections and displays to offer high-quality selections of literature to match. Goyne also recently undertook an audit of the library’s collection to better understand representation of characters across diverse cultures for the students. She is a leader in bringing the humanities to students in a way that augments their classroom experiences.

Vermont Humanities*** January 30, 2023