Public Libraries Magazine announces 2021 Feature Article Contest winners

For Immediate Release
Mon, 05/10/2021


Scott Allen

Deputy Director

Public Library Association

American Library Association

CHICAGO -- Public Libraries, the official magazine of the Public Library Association, has announced the winners of its 2021 Feature Article Contest.

Feature length articles published in 2020 were eligible to compete for two cash prizes. The author(s) must be employed in a public library at the time the manuscript is submitted. The articles were evaluated by members of the Public Libraries Advisory Committee. The winner of the Feature Article Contest receives $500. The committee also identified a winner for the Honorable Mention Award, which includes a $300 cash prize.

The 2021 Feature Article Contest award winner is Mary Jo Finch, Director, Westbank Community Library in Austin, Tex., for her article Learning From Our Statistics – Twelve Simple Rules for Understanding and Using Our Numbers Better, which appeared in the September/October 2020 issue.

The 2021 Honorable Mention Award went to Define & Design: The Bookstore Model of Customer Service, by Marissa Bucci, Youth Services Librarian, The Ferguson Library in Stamford, Conn.; Jay Janoski, Assistant Director, Westhampton Public Library in Westhampton Beach, New York; and Nicole Scherer, Assistant Director, Nassau Library System in Uniondale, New York.  

 For more information on the Feature Article Contest, please contact the editor, Kathleen M. Hughes, at

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