New librarian at Ray aims for lively environment

Staff Writer

Linda Collins is the new librarian at Ray Elementary School. She succeeds Leslie Travis, who retired on June 30 having served at the school for 21 years.

Collins has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Purdue University; a master’s degree in education, specializing in curriculum and instruction from National Louis University and a master’s degree in library science from Chicago State University.

Before coming to Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., Collins was a librarian at Keller Gifted Center.

She said the thing she is most looking forward to during her first school year at Ray is creating a vibrant environment in the library.

“I want to bring the library to life, creating a place of warmth, discovery, and fulfillment from and with my students,” Collins said in a written statement. “The library is a community institution; together we can make it a colorful, vibrant place.”