PLA announces winners of annual “Public Libraries” article contest

From: Kathleen Hughes

Manager, Communications, PLA
For Immediate Release
May 6, 2005

PLA announces winners of annual

“Public Libraries” article contest

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce the 2004 winners of its annual article contest. The contest awards cash prizes to the authors of the best feature articles by public librarians published in the previous year's issues of "Public Libraries," the bi-monthly PLA journal.

The first prize award of $500 goes to Betsy Diamant-Cohen, children's programming specialist at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, for her article "Mother Goose on the Loose: Applying Brain Research to Early Childhood Programs in the Public Library," which appeared in the January/February 2004 issue of "Public Libraries." The second prize of $300 goes to Mark Smith, deputy administrator of the Riverside County Library System in California for his article, "California DREAMin': A Model for School-Public Library Cooperation to Improve Student Reading," which also was published in the January/February 2004 issue.

The members of the “Public Libraries” Advisory Committee select the contest winners. The prizes will be awarded at the 2005 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Public librarians interested in being considered for the 2005 prizes, should visit for submission guidelines or email to .

The Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association, enhances the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.