2009 Winners

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Congratulations to the 10 winners of this year's I Love My Librarian Award! Thank you to the more than 3,200 library supporters who sent in nominations. Read on to learn more about this year's nominees or check out photos of the winners at the December I Love My Librarian Award ceremony in New York at The New York Times Building.

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Sol A. Gómez

Pima County Public Library, Sam Lena-South, Tucson Branch
Tucson, Arizona


"He is a truly giving person that is available to his community and is a mentor."

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Laura Grunwerg

River Edge Public Library
River Edge, New Jersey


"Laura's unique personality brings an atmosphere of fun to the library."

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Lucy Hansen

South Texas Independent School District
Mercedes, Texas


“Lucy makes our school district a better place by always looking for new and exciting opportunities for our students and staff."

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Alice K. Juda

U.S. Naval War College
Newport, Rhode Island


 “She cares that we not only get what we want, but that we get what we need – whether we know we need it or not!”

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Karen E. Martines

Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland. Ohio



“Ms. Martines is sharp, witty and astonishingly committed.”

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Dwight McInvaill

Georgetown County Library
Georgetown, South Carolina


“He is a visionary leader who constantly presents challenges and new ideas for growth and change.”

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Séamus Ó’Scanláin

Center for Worker Education Library (The City College of New York)
New York, New York


“Thanks to Seamus, faculty members have transformed the curricula offered at the center into a research-driven format, benefiting not just faculty but students as well.”

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Dana Thomas

Cypress Lake Middle School
Fort Myers, Florida


“Mrs. Thomas isn't just a librarian at our school. She has made the library an extension of our classroom."

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Carolyn Wheeler

Conant Elementary School
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan


“Ms. Wheeler is the ‘glue’ who holds us
together all year."

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Oceana Wilson

Crossett Library, Bennington College
Bennington, Vermont


“...fearless, creative, eclectic, understated, intelligent, enthusiastic, fresh and committed to the success of the students.”

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