Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children Award

About the Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children Award
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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2013 Winner(s)

Kathleen Reif

director of St. Mary’s County Library, Leonardtown, Md.

Reif received the award for her sustained and effective efforts to provide children’s services, with particular attention to early literacy and learning and Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR), a parent education outreach initiative.  At the local level, Reif expanded the Words on Wheels (WoW!) Van Service which visits childcare providers and centers and distributes WoW! Bags containing books, music, and ECRR learning and activity sheets.  She also created and has nurtured community relationships and partnerships with Judy Centers, Head Start, social services and local businesses to further early literacy. Children’s computers were installed at all three branches, including AWE early literacy stations. The library also was recently selected as one of five pilot sites for The Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant in Maryland.