2016 I Love My Librarian Award Winners

Congratulations to the 10 winners of the 2016 I Love My Librarian Award! Thank you to all the library supporters who sent in nominations. More than 1100 library patrons submitted detailed stories regarding how their librarian had an impact on their communities and lives. 2016 recipients were selected for their dedicated public service and the valuable role they play in our nation’s communities in transforming lives through education.

Press release: ALA announces winners of the 2016 I Love My Librarian Award

Danielle S. Apfelbaum


Danielle S. Apfelbaum

New York Institute of Technology
Old Westbury, New York

“...helps to truly prepare the next great global leaders that the New York Institute of Technology produces.”

Danielle S. Apfelbaum nomination (PDF)

 

Andrea Bernard


Andrea Bernard

Tyler Memorial Library
Charlemont, Massachusetts

“Where, once people breezed in and out to take out books, patrons now linger, participating in interesting conversation or just listening to others.”

Andrea Bernard nomination (PDF)

 

Olga Valencia Cardenas


Olga Valencia Cardenas

Stanislaus County Library
Modesto, California

“Through Olga’s innovative family engagement approach, the library is literally building community through books, empathy and compassion.”

Olga Valencia Cardenas nomination (PDF)

 

Elissa Checov


Elissa Checov

Gwinnett Technical College / Gwinnett County Public Library
Lawrenceville, Georgia

“By focusing on information literacy skills, she promotes lifelong learning and thus contributes to improved earnings and lifestyles for students and increased productivity for businesses who hire them.”

Elissa Checov nomination (PDF)

 

Kathryn Cole


Kathryn Cole

Northside Elementary School
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

“Kathryn helps all students in this diversely populated school build literate lives.”

Kathryn Cole nomination (PDF)

 

Tabatha "Tabby" Farney


Tabatha Farney

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, Colorado

“Tabatha helps students learn the skills and earn the credentials they need to make a difference in their own lives, and give back to the communities from whence they have come.”

Tabatha Farney nomination (PDF)

 

Sherri Ginsberg


Sherri Ginsberg

Hillsides Library
Pasadena, California

“She never stops in her effort to bring in just one more artist, one more author or one more musician who might be the very person a child in crisis needs to make it through that day and through life.”

Sherri Ginsberg nomination (PDF)

 

Lia Kharis Hillman


Lia Kharis Hillman

San Francisco Public Library
San Francisco, California

“To date, Lia has reached over 1,200 members of the community with her nutrition education program… She doesn’t just make the library a better place, she makes the entire community a better place.”

Lia Kharis Hillman nomination (PDF)

 

Jamille Rogers


Jamille Rogers

Marguerite Vann Elementary School
Conway, Arkansas

“Jamille is a facilitator of learning and encourages students to ‘think and explore’ so that they discover on their own.”

Jamille Rogers nomination (PDF)

 

Roosevelt Weeks, Sr.


Roosevelt Weeks, Sr.

Houston Public Library
Houston, Texas

“He pushes our organization to think outside the box, and makes it an indispensable thread in the fabric of Houston.”

Roosevelt Weeks, Sr. nomination (PDF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Love My Librarian 2016 Award
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