Winner of the Marshall Cavendish Excellence in Library Programming Award named

Contact: Cheryl Malden


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ALA News Release


For Immediate Release


May 2001

Winner of the Marshall Cavendish Excellence in Library Programming Award named

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that The Friends of the Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Library is the winner of the Marshall Cavendish Excellence in Library Programming Award, sponsored by the Marshall Cavendish Corporation. The award, $5,000 and a citation, recognizes either a school or public library that demonstrates excellence in library programming by providing programs that have community impact and respond to community needs.

The Friends won for their three-year plan (1998-2000) to strategically improve adult programming efforts. The Friends coordinated and funded nearly all of the adult programming in the Saint Paul Public Library. The three-year plan was created with the help of a consultant and overseen by a community committee. The two objectives were to reach more people and build ongoing relationships with new audiences by providing multiple programs for each community or population, and to increase community involvement in program development. The plan increased adult programming as a prominent and meaningful educational service in their community, built resources to do this effectively and raised awareness and use of the library.

The Marshall Cavendish Award will be presented Tuesday, June 19, during the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.