The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity

About the The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity It is of the opinion of Lemony Snicket, author, reader, and alleged malcontent, that librarians have suffered enough. Therefore he is establishing an annual prize honoring a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact. The prize will be a generous amount of cash from Mr. Snicket's disreputable gains, along with an odd, symbolic object from his private stash, and a certificate, which may or may not be suitable for framing. It is Mr. Snicket's hope, and the ALA's, that the Snicket Prize will remind readers everywhere of the joyous importance of librarians and the trouble that is all too frequently unleashed upon them. 

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2018 Recipient(s)

Yvonne Cech

Library Director of the Brookfield Library in Brookfield, CT

On December 14, 2012, 18 fourth grade children and three staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, were herded into a storage closet by Cech, then a library media specialist at the school. She locked the door and barricaded it with book trucks and other available objects until the SWAT team arrived.  She would not open the door until she verified the officers’ identity. 


Diana Haneski

Library Media Specialist at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL

Five years later, during the siege at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL, Haneski remembered her friend Cech’s quick thinking and advice, and she acted accordingly. She shielded 50 high school students and five adults from harm in a large, barricaded equipment room. As Cech had done, she refused to open the door until she was certain the rescuers were who they claimed to be.