Collinsville Library wins $5,000 as part of sixth-annual Check-It-Out Yourself Day

Contact: Larra Clark


For Immediate Release

May 21, 2002

Collinsville Library wins $5,000 as part of sixth-annual Check-It-Out Yourself Day

3M donates $15,000 in awards to U.S. libraries

Collinsville Library will receive $5,000 for its winning entry in the sixth-annual Check-It-Out-Yourself Day. It is one of eight U.S. libraries that has been selected to receive a total of $15,000 from 3M Library Systems. The cash awards, earmarked for purchasing new library materials, are part of Check-it-Out Yourself Day, sponsored by 3M. This annual event is part of celebrations of National Library Week.

"Collinsville Library's 'Exercise Your Right to Help Yourself' theme and promotion of Check-it-Out Yourself Day was truly innovative and creative," said Judy Nelson, organizer of the annual event for 3M Library Systems. "We were excited to see such great participation from libraries around the country."

Check-it-Out Yourself Day is held at libraries across the nation to encourage individuals of all ages to check out their own materials from the library using the 3M™ SelfCheck™ System.

Libraries that participate in the event have an opportunity to win cash prizes for their library book funds. 3M offers the Most Creative and Innovative Award, which encourages libraries to develop fun themes to promote their library on Check-It-OutYourself Day. Libraries complete entries and include photos of their efforts as well as copes of media coverage they received. This year the following libraries have been selected recipients of the Most Creative and Innovative Award:

  • $5,000 Recipient - Collinsville Library, Collinsville, Okla.
  • $3,000 Recipient - Lafayette Public Library, Lafayette, Colo.
  • $2,000 Recipient - North Central Regional Library, Phoenix

In addition, libraries participating in Check-it-Out Yourself Day became eligible for cash prizes by having 100 or more patrons use their SelfCheck System on Check-it-Out Yourself Day. Five libraries were selected in a random drawing to receive $1,000 each for their library book funds. Recipients of the random drawings include: McDermott Library, University of Dallas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas; Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library, Broomfield, Colo.; North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, N.C.; Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, Kan.; Upland Public Library, Upland, Calif.

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