National School Library Program of the Year Award

Sponsored by Follett

Monetary amount: $10,000

Deadline: January 1, 2017


Established in 1963, the National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award honors school library programs practicing their commitment to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information, as well as exemplifying implementation of AASL's learning standards and program guidelines. The award recognizes exemplary school library programs that are fully integrated into the school's curriculum.


The NSLPY Award, guided by AASL's Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs, recognizes school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment. Exemplary school library programs ensure that the students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. These programs empower learners to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers and ethical users of information.

The following criteria will be used in the selection process:

  • The school librarian must be a personal member of AASL.

  • All of the foundational elements listed in the application must be met.

It is strongly recommended that the school/school district download and review the application and rubric for this award.

Questions? Contact Shannon Carter, 800-545-2433 x 4381


Year Awardees
2017 Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore County, Md.
2016 Veterans Memorial Elementary School, Naples, Fla
2015 Blue Valley High School, Stilwell, Kansas
2014 Eaglecrest High School, Centennial, Colo.



New Augusta South Elementary School, Ind.
Pennsylvania Avenue School, N.J.
Swan Valley High School, Mich.



Hinsdale Township High School District 86
South Texas Independent School District



Pine Grove Middle School, N.Y.
Henrico County Public Schools, Va.
North East Independent School District, Texas


Perry Meridian Middle School, Ind.
New Canaan High School, Conn.



Livonia Central School District, N.Y.
Robert E. Clow Elementary School, Ill.
Blue Valley North High School, Kan.


Luella Elementary School, Ga.
Simsbury High School, Conn.


Norman Public Schools, Okla.
Harpeth Hall, Tenn.
North Elementary School, Ind.


Hilliard City School District, Ohio
Biblioteca Las Americas, Texas
Kapolei High School, Hawaii


William Floyd School District, N.Y.
Downers Grove South High School, Ill.
Henry Brader Elementary School, Del.


Northside Independent School District, Texas
Boston Arts Academy/Fenway High School, Mass.
Lois Lenski Elementary School, Colo.


Millard Public School District, Neb.
Liberty Public School District, Mo.
Cherry Creek High School, Colo.


James River High School, Va.


DeKalb County School Sysytem, Ga.
Corbett Elementary School, Ariz.


Irving Independent School District, Texas
Londonderry School District #12, N.H.
New Trier Township H.S., Ill.


Lincoln Public Schools, Neb.


Hunterdon Central Regional High School, N.J.


Gwinnett County Public Schools, Ga
Iowa City Community School District, Iowa
Timothy Dwight Elementary School, Conn.


Maine Township High School West, Ill.


Southern Bluffs Elementary School, Wis.
Smoky Hill H.S, Colo.


Duneland School Corporation, Ind.
Providence Senior H.S., N.C.
Lakeview Elementary School, Wis.


Blue Valley School District USD 229, Kan.
Indian Prairie School District 204, Ill.


Fulton County School System, Ga.
Manhattan/Ogden Unified School District 383, Kan.


Irving Independent School District, Texas
Beecher Road School, Conn.


Greenboro Public Schools, N.C.
Cherry Creek High School, Colo.


Norman Public Schools, Okla.
Middletown Enlarged City School District, N.Y.
David A. Hickman High School, Mo.


West Bloomfield Schools, Mich.
Round Rock Independent School District, Texas


Independent School District 47, Minn.
Community Consolidated School District 62, Ill.
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, Calif. 


District 108,  Ill.


Shoreham-Wading River School District, N.Y.


Riverside-Brookfield Township High School, Ill.
Richmond School System, Va.

1983 no award given
1982 Shaker Heights City School District, Ohio
1981 Blue Valley School District, Kan.
1980 Irvine Unified School District, Calif.
1979 Greenwich Public Schools, Conn.
1978 Cobb County Public Schools,Ga.
1977 Los Alamitos School District, Calif.
1976 Littleton Public Schools, Colo.
1975 Rochester City Schools, N.Y.
1974 Cedar Rapids Community Schools, Iowa
1973 Duneland Community Schools, Ind.
1972 Atlanta Public Schools, Ga.
1971 Leflore County Schools, Miss.
1970 Alhambra School Distract, Ariz.
1969 Iowa City Community Schools, Iowa
1968 San Ramon Valley School District, Calif.
1967 Cleveland Public Schools, Ohio
1966 Albuquerque Public Schools, N.M.
1965 Dade County Public Schools, Fla.
1964 Durham County Schools, N.C.
1963 Anne Arundel County Schools, Md.