April 8, 2003

CONTACT: Kimberly Stark, (901) 333-4023

MIDDLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOLíS THOMPSON IS LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR

Alice Faye Duncan Thompson, local author and librarian at Middle College High School, has been chosen the Memphis Area Library Councilís Librarian of the Year for 2003.

According to the Council, this annual award ďis given to a librarian in the greater Memphis area who has demonstrated dedication to the profession, notable academic and professional accomplishments, contributed to professional organizations, and been involved in community activities.Ē Candidates are recommended for this honor by their peers.
Middle College High is located on the Southwest Tennessee Community College Union Avenue campus. Thompson has served as librarian for both Southwest and Middle College students for four years.

A Memphis native, she is a graduate of Overton High School. She received a bachelorís degree from the University of Memphis and a masterís degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She is the award-winning author of several childrenís books, including Willie Jerome, Miss Viola and Uncle Ed Lee, and The National Civil Rights Museum Celebrates Everyday People. She also is a supporter of Girls, Inc., and a YWCA volunteer.

Middle College High School, a collaboration between Memphis City Schools and Southwest, has approximately 300 students in grades 10 through 12. Students attend class in a college environment for academic and career preparation.

Southwest has two main campuses and nearly a dozen centers and off-campus class sites throughout Shelby and Fayette counties. It offers the associate of arts, associate of science and associate of applied science degrees in more than 100 majors/concentrations and 22 certificate programs for university transfer or immediate career entry.