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Vivian Adán

The school library has always been a special place for young readers, but even more so before the digital age. The grade school librarian held the keys to a magical kingdom of knowledge and exploration beyond what our parents, teachers, or even the TV could show us. Even today, for many children, reading is a very intimate and special adventure, often spurred on by his or her first librarian. That was certainly the case for Vivian Adán. She served as the beloved librarian at Immaculate Heart of Mary School (IHM School) from 1979 to 1997 and strongly promoted the school’s reading program. Mrs. Adán, a voracious reader herself, encouraged children to read on a daily basis and many former students remember how she inspired them to learn through reading. Although barely adults themselves when their mother passed away, her two daughters Alicia Adán Harwell and Vivian Adán Lowe always wanted to do something to honor her. They realized that the best way to do so was through the school where Mrs. Adán gave so much of her time and love. Jennifer Sedlack, Director of Development at IHM School, connected Alicia and Vivian with Nancy Coveny at The Catholic Foundation. Nancy and Jennifer worked with the sisters, now young mothers themselves, to create a scholarship fund to benefit students at IHM School that would honor their mother. Alicia and Vivian made the initial gifts to the fund and spread the word among their family and friends. Together, enough was raised to start the fund with the required $5,000, but more donations are still needed. When the endowment reaches $25,000, it will be eligible to provide scholarships to students who show a love and a passion for reading. Mrs. Adán’s daughters hope that former students, faculty and friends of IHM School will honor her memory and help the scholarship fund soon reach that level with additional contributions. Mrs. Adán’s daughters could not be happier to see the fund grow. “We’re just so excited and honored to see that people remember our mother and want to give to the school. We hope in the future a lot of students that share her same passion for reading will be helped through this scholarship,” Alicia, Vivian’s younger daughter said. Vivian Adán’s passion for reading and for inspiring the children of IHM School will live on through “The Vivian Adán Eager Reader Scholarship Fund,” and will continue to celebrate and reward students who show a passion for reading. Maybe there’s a librarian in your life who needs some thanking too.