Three public libraries have just been named as the 2016 LibraryAware Community Award winners. You'll be amazed by what they're doing. They're so deeply embedded in their communities! They prove that strategic marketing, promotion, and partnerships can truly make libraries central to their citizens.
I posted about the entry criteria and deadline last December. Now you can read about the top winner and the two honorees in Library Journal.
Congratulations are due to:
1. Louisville (KY) Free Public Library, for partnering with schools and civic organizations to make books and useful classes available to children and adults, to support both early literacy and lifelong learning.
"The award recognizes LFPL’s engagement with the community, its needs, and the priorities of its civic institutions, as well as the library’s ability to make Louisville fully cognizant of what LFPL does and can do. The award is presented by Library Journal and funded by LibraryAware, a product of EBSCO Publishing’s NoveList Division. It carries a prize of $10,000."
2. Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Public Library (joint honorees), for their vital work in the rollout of New York City’s "idNYC" municipal identification project (Prize: $7,500)
3. Cranston (RI) Public Library, for serving an influx of foreign-born and non-English-speaking residents (Prize: $5,000)
LibraryAware is a product of EBSCO's NoveList division that enables better library promotion and publicity. "LibraryAware is an online tool for libraries to connect with readers and keep them engaged. It includes templates and tools to create newsletters, bookmarks, shelf-talkers, flyers, and more for promoting books and resources throughout the library and beyond."
Strive to make your library more "community aware." Email me if you need help.