Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children

About the Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children
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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2021 Winner(s)

Patricia Uttaro

Director Monroe County Library System and Rochester Public Library, Rochester, NY

Patricia Uttaro was selected for the work she has accomplished in fulfilling her belief that learning to read and reading to learn are the most basic yet essential skills for a person to thrive, prosper and enjoy a successful life.  Uttaro has skillfully administered libraries for the past twenty-five years supporting expansion of library services and empowerment of library staff.  Through her efforts, the Monroe County Library System and Rochester Public Library have been able to expand and share expertise in early literacy training for librarians, teachers, and caregivers throughout the country.  Uttaro has consistently advocated to remove barriers to access through eliminating late fees on children’s and young adult materials.  Uttaro’s leadership has modeled serving through engagement in the community and in meeting the needs of all community members.