The American Association of School Libraries awarded New Canaan High School's library with the National School Library Media Program of the Year Award last Friday.

Each year the ASL selects one high school library from thousands across the nation to honor with this award. A committee of librarians visited the school library in March to evaluate its programs.

Librarian Michelle Luhtala credits the success of the program to its commitment to collaborating with faculty and town librarians and complimenting face-to-face instruction with online resources.

"We want to be information specialists, but more than that, we want to be instructional partners with teachers, staff, parents, town librarians and we really want the students to be invested," Luhtala said. "This is a community award, not a library award. Without community support we would never have been a competitor."

Principal Tony Pavia said the award was won only with the excellence of librarians Luhtala and Christina Russo.

`They worked so hard to be on the cutting edge of all the best practices," he said. "With them, the culture is that you're never quite there and you're always looking ahead of the curve. If I know them, they were probably thrilled about the award for a minute and then went on working toward the next thing."