For immediate release | April 12, 2023

Public Libraries magazine announces 2023 Feature Article Contest winners

CHICAGO - Public Libraries, the official magazine of the Public Library Association (PLA), is pleased to announce the 2023 recipients of the Feature Article Contest for articles published in the previous year.

First prize of $500 was awarded to Jennifer Brown, Executive Director, and Nora Mulligan, Head of Adult Services, The Field Library, Peekskill, N.Y., for their feature article “When First Amendment Auditors Visit Your Library,” which was published in the January/February 2022 issue of Public Libraries.

Honorable mention prize of $300 was awarded to Jenn McKague, Outreach Services Librarian, Salt Lake County (Utah) Library, for her feature article, “Strengthening Communities—Outreach Services to Persons Who Are Incarcerated and Those Re-entering Society,” which was published in the May/June 2022 issue of Public Libraries.

All feature articles written by public library workers and published in 2022 by the magazine were evaluated. All winners were chosen by members of the Public Libraries Advisory Subcommittee. For more information on the contest, please contact 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


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Eliana Tang Kleiman

Communications Associate

Public Library Association