NEW YORK (AP) – Librarians aren’t just valued for the books they recommend.
This year’s I Love My Librarian winners have been cited for everything from their support during the COVID-19 pandemic to their involvement in community baseball. On Monday, the American Library Association (ALA) announced 10 recipients, each receiving $ 5,000, as well as a donation of $ 750 to their library.
Some 1,300 nominations were submitted by patrons nationwide.
“Even in these unprecedented times, librarians across our country continue to empower their clients, promote inclusion in their space and collections, and provide essential services to their communities,” said ALA President, Patty Wong, in a statement.
Winners include Yuliana Aceves of the Arlington, TX Public Library, named for virtual programs she led during the pandemic; William Gibbons of the City College of New York Library, whose projects include working with the Harlem Little League; and Renee Greenlee of the Marion, Iowa, Public Library, where she started a digital archive of communities on COVID-19.
The other recipients are Shamella Cromartie of the Western Carolina University Library in Cullowhee, North Carolina; Shannon Horton of Decorah Library, Iowa, Middle School and High School; John Mahofski of the Eastern Correctional Facility in Westover, Maryland; Tammi Moe of the Octavia Fellin Public Library in Gallup, New Mexico; George Oberle of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia; Melissa Pillot of Forsyth School in St. Louis; and Arnulfo Talamantes from Sul Ross Middle School in San Antonio, Texas.
The awards were established in 2008 and are sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, also with support from the New York Public Library.
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