Public Libraries Magazine announces 2017 Feature Article Contest winners

For Immediate Release
Thu, 06/08/2017


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO -- Public Libraries, the official magazine of the Public Library Association, has announced the winners of its 2017 Feature Article Contest

First prize of $500 was awarded to Joel A. Nichols from the Free Library of Philadelphia (Pa.) for his feature article Serving All Library Families in a Queer and Genderqueer Way, which was published in the January/February 2016 issue of Public Libraries.

Honorable mention prize of $300 was awarded to Tatiana Weinstein from the Lisle Library District in Lisle, Ill., for her feature article The Child-Free Factor and Other Fringe Benefits: Moving Beyond Natural Targets, which was published in the July/August 2016 issue.

The articles were evaluated and first-prize winner was chosen by members of the Public Libraries Advisory Subcommittee. The honorable mention award was voted upon by Public Libraries' readers through a survey made available on social media. For more information on the Feature Article Contest, please contact the editor, Kathleen M. Hughes, at

The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or