Lindsey Tomsu receives 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/04/2018


Steve Zalusky

Communications Specialist

Communications and Marketing Office

American Library Association


Algonquin, Ill., librarian recognized with national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Lindsey Tomsu, teen librarian at the Algonquin (Illinois) Area Public Library District, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Tomsu is recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.

Tomsu is commended for her work at the Algonquin Area Public Library District and previously, La Vista (Nebraska) Public Library. She was nominated by a variety of students from both libraries’ TAB (Teen Advisory Boards) who commended Tomsu’s efforts to make teens’ voices heard. She has provided a welcoming atmosphere for her young patrons, serving as a friend, mentor and older sister. She encourages teens to take ownership of the library and to never see any idea as impossible.

She has helped bring to life programs ranging from the unusual – Bacon Club and Pool Noodle Kendo Club – to the technological – Media Club and a Teen Makerspace. Among the community programs she developed was the BUILD Collective, a multi-purpose program that allows teens and tweens to play with educational toys that foster their imagination and creativity.

“I've spent years advocating for my teens, and them taking the time to work together to nominate me for awards is one way that they feel they can give back and advocate for me in return,” Tomsu said. “Libraries are in a unique position to be a place of common ground for teens.”

Tomsu will receive a $5,000 prize at an award ceremony and reception to be held this evening in New York City. The ceremony is hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York, which co-sponsors the award along with The New York Public Library and The New York Times. The American Library Association administers the award through its Communications and Marketing Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.

As part of the award process, library users are invited to nominate librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. This year library users submitted 1,083 nominations detailing how their favorite librarians have gone above and beyond to improve community members’ lives.

In the United States there are 160,000 librarians working in libraries of all types, and only 110 librarians have been selected for this distinguished honor since the award’s inception in 2008.

This year’s award recipients include four academic librarians, three public librarians and three school librarians. A complete list of the 2018 I Love My Librarian Award recipients can be found at To share information about the winners and the importance of their work in the community please use #ILoveMyLibrarian on social media.

Photos of the award recipients are available at .

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