Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children

About the Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children
An annual award consisting of a commemorative gift and a 24k gold-framed citation presented to an individual who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children while having general management/supervisory/ administrative responsibility that has included public library service to children in its scope.

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2016 Winner(s)

Sheila Umberger

director, Roanoke Public Libraries

As Roanoke’s library director, Umberger has led a team of library staff in developing innovative programs including Baby Board Book, free book distribution and Feed and Read. Children’s programs were expanded beyond traditional storytimes to include STEM, art and music activities. The number of Youth Services programs offered increased from 118 a year to 3,392 during her tenure, and she oversaw the expansion and enhancement of library spaces for children to include a play area, a programming mezzanine and a two-story slide.