outreach librarian, Bay County Public Library in Panama City, Florida

Heather Ogilvie receives 2020 Lemony Snicket Prize


Ogilvie was working as the outreach librarian for Bay County Public Library’s three counties in the Florida Panhandle when Hurricane Michael hit on Oct. 10, 2018 as a Category 5 storm. Over 45,000 structures were damaged and more than 1,500 destroyed, and there was no time to evacuate. Residents of Bay County lost power, water, sewer services and telecommunication for weeks. Ogilvie herself had seven trees fall on her home and lost portions of her roof, and her car was crushed, but she grabbed the books, puzzles and games she could salvage and ventured back out into the community.

Awards Won

Title Year
Art by Seth The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity

It is of the opinion of Lemony Snicket, author, reader, and alleged malcontent, that librarians have suffered enough. Therefore he is establishing an annual prize honoring a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact. The prize will be a generous amount of cash from Mr. Snicket's disreputable gains, along with an odd, symbolic object from his private stash, and a certificate, which may or may not be suitable for framing. It is Mr. Snicket's hope, and the ALA's, that the Snicket Prize will remind readers everywhere of the joyous importance of librarians and the trouble that is all too frequently unleashed upon them.

2020 - Recipient(s)