Paul Howard Award for Courage

About the Paul Howard Award for Courage
A bi-annual award consisting of $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement honoring a librarian, library board, library group, or an individual who has exhibited unusual courage for the benefit of library programs or services.
Courage is defined by the donor, Paul Howard, as:
"the quality of mind which enables one to face adversity, difficulty,
or danger with resolution and fortitude . . . it is that characteristic
which enables librarians to seek the achievement of goals in spite of all opposing forces."

Administered by:

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2017 Recipient(s)

Kansas City (Missouri) Public Library

KCPL has a long-standing record of bringing a wide variety of speakers to the Kansas City community, many of which cover controversial and thought-provoking messages.  They are known to champion civic and civil discourse and encourage the audience to participate during Q&A sessions.