Southborough – Southborough teacher Denise Johnson was named this year’s recipient of the sixth annual Peggy Tuttle Award for Library Service Distinction. Johnson is an art teacher at the Margaret A. Neary School, helping to coordinate seasonal exhibits at the Southborough Library of student artwork in a dedicated display case downstairs.
Her revolving exhibits, started in 2015, have helped to bring students into the library to see their work on display. She also serves as a member of the Southborough Cultural Arts Council, through which she helped to coordinate the “Beyond the Art Classroom” exhibit at the Southborough Library in May 2019.
In both roles, she helped to successfully coordinate “Art in Bloom” at the Southborough Library in April 2018 where she worked with students from Neary, P. Brent Trottier Middle School and representatives from the Southborough Gardeners. Johnson’s dedication to and love of art across all mediums has helped to transform the library space as an inventive and creative hub for the local Southborough community.
The Peggy Tuttle Award for Library Service Distinction is an annual award given out by the Southborough Library director in honor of Peggy Tuttle, a long-term and beloved staff member at the Southborough Library. The award, typically given out at the Southborough Annual Town Meeting, was delayed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.