ALSC Distinguished Service Award

About the ALSC Distinguished Service Award
To honor an individual member of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) who has made significant contributions to, and an impact on, library service to children and the Association for Library Service to Children.

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2013 Winner(s)

Cynthia K. Richey

director of the Mt. Lebanon Public Library in Pennsylvania.

She began her career as children’s librarian in 1971 and for the past 17 years has served as director of the Mt. Lebanon Public Library in Pennsylvania.  She has been a role model and mentor to many over the years.  ALSC, libraries, children and their families have significantly benefited from her exemplary practical and visionary leadership and knowledge of both children and children’s literature.  

Richey was 1994 president of the Pennsylvania Library Association and was on the board of directors of the Allegheny County Library Association. In 2006, she won the New York Times Librarian Award.  She is a frequent speaker and spokesperson for libraries in print and broadcast media throughout her state and the country. She is also chair of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Council on Library Development, as well as an Honorary Life Member of the Pennsylvania PTA.

She has been an active member of ALSC and ALA throughout her career. In addition to serving as ALSC President (2003-2004) and on ALA Council, she has served on numerous committees and as a priority group consultant. “I am deeply honored to be admitted to this distinguished group of colleagues who share a passion for the profession and an abiding commitment to the very best library service to children and their families. I absolutely love my service for ALSC and libraries and librarians everywhere. It is the most rewarding career,” said Richey.