ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award

About the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award The ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence in library programming by creating a cultural/thematic program type or program series, presented during the preceding year (September 1 - August 31), that engages the community in planning, sponsorship and/or active participation, addresses an identified community need, and has a measurable impact.

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2019 Winner(s)

Loudoun County Public Library

Leesburg, Virginia

In 2017, Loudoun County Public Library, located in a one of the most highly educated communities in the nation, faced a critical service gap. Few adults were engaging with the programming without their children. As a remedy, the Library created an expanded lineup of relevant adult-focused programs. Science on Tap was developed as a flagship monthly series in this effort. Held at a local brewery in the heart of Loudoun’s tech business corridor its audience consists of educated science and tech savvy adults, many of whom work at nearby tech companies.