Each year, users of all types of libraries – public, school, academic and special – get to express their appreciation for their favorite librarians.

Up to ten librarians are selected annually for this prestigious honor: each one receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by the award's co-sponsors Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Public Library, and The New York Times. This year, four academic librarians, three public librarians and three school librarians were chosen from more than 1,000 total nominations.

The following winners enjoyed a well deserved chance to share the spotlight:

Tamara Cox, a school librarian...


by Laura Daily, courtesy of The Columbian

When you think about the most valuable cards in your wallet, you probably envision your credit and ATM cards. Here’s another one that should come to mind: your library card. These days, the nation’s 9,057 library systems let you check out a lot more than books.

Need a power tool, kayak, 3D printer or Ninja Turtle-shaped cake pan? Your library might have one you can borrow. What about crafting or studio space? It might have you covered there, too. Some libraries provide access to courses on computers or graphic...


by Steve Clark, courtesy of The Brownsville Herald

Once upon a time there was a lonely caboose, fenced off and neglected for years until the day it was befriended by humans, given a fresh paint job and a new purpose in life: making children happy — through books.

It’s not a fairly tale: The newly refurbished caboose in Brownsville’s (TX) Linear Park will begin a new chapter as a children’s library early next year, possibly by March.

Donated to the city of Brownsville by...


Courtesy of ODLOS - the ALA Office of Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services

Over the past 20 years, Sioux Center, Iowa has welcomed an influx of immigrants from Central and South America who are drawn to the region’s agricultural opportunities.

But the small, rural town of 7,500 wasn’t equipped to teach ESL courses. The library referred community members to classes at Northwest Iowa Community College, but the college was 30 miles away, with no public transit option, and while residents were interested they often did not complete the registration process.

Librarian Ruth Mahaffy, who speaks Spanish, worked with the college to simplify the registration process, increasing enrollment and convincing the college of the need for...


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Beattie, Ann (author).
June 2017. 224p. Scribner, hardcover, $25 (9781501111389).
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