Public Awareness Office

Acclaimed author, ballerina Misty Copeland to serve as 2018 National Library Week honorary chair

CHICAGO – Bestselling author and American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Misty Copeland will lend her support to advocate for our nation’s libraries as honorary chair of National Library Week, April 8 – 14, 2018. Like librarians and library workers, Copeland’s efforts to lead social change through her writing and teaching fuel the transformation of lives through cultural understanding, education and lifelong learning.

Two L.A. librarians receive national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Julie Bill with the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music in Los Angeles and Annie Cipolla with the Los Angeles Public Library were named winners of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Bill and Cipolla are being recognized for their leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. Bill and Cipolla are two of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.

Rochester, N.Y. librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Timothy Ryan, young adult services librarian/circulation supervisor at the Rochester Public Library in New York, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Ryan is being recognized for his leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. He is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.

St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Rita Platt, teacher-librarian at St. Croix Falls Elementary in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Platt is being 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.

Decatur, Georgia librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Marcia Kochel, teacher librarian at Druid Hills Middle School in Decatur, Georgia, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Kochel is being 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.

Corvallis, Oregon librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Natalia Fernández, curator and archivist of the Oregon Multicultural Archives and OSU Queer Archives at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Fernández is being 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. She is also the first librarian from Oregon to receive the award.

Strafford, Pennsylvania librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Laurie Doan, young adult librarian at the Tredyffrin Public Library in Strafford, Pennsylvania, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Doan is being 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.

Doan is commended for empowering local teens. She develops opportunities at the library for youth to pursue projects they are passionate about.

Warwick, N. Y. librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Rosemary Cooper, director of the Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick, New York, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Cooper is being 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.

Cooper is commended for turning an outdated library into a welcoming and vibrant community center that delivers services and programs that connect closely with patrons’ needs.

Columbiana, Alabama librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Sheikla Blount, library media specialist at Columbiana Middle School in Columbiana, Alabama, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Blount is being 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.

Blount is commended for turning the school library into a welcoming and inclusive place for students to learn and grow.

ALA announces winners of the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award

NEW YORK – Today 10 librarians were honored with the prestigious 2017 I Love My Librarian Award for their outstanding public service contributions. Selected from more than 1,100 nominations submitted by library users nationwide, including educators and members of the public, the winning librarians are being recognized for their leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.