Each year the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) receives many nominations for outstanding libraries, teams, and individuals in and around the library industry. The awards showcase the top talent across the state and every year we have so many worthy nominations.
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Each year the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) receives many nominations for outstanding libraries, teams, and individuals in and around the library industry. The awards showcase the top talent across the state and every year we have so many worthy nominations. Each nomination is evaluated, and after careful consideration by the CAL Awards Committee, winners are chosen. Each year the decision is harder to make. We are honored to announce the following awards. Thank you to everyone for all you do and the hard work you put in. We would like to share this quote with you. “The most important asset of any library goes home at night- the library staff”- Timothy Healy.
Allow us to present the awards as follows:
• Career Achievement Award: Shelley Walchak, Pine River Library
• Colorado Librarian of the Year: Sarah Scobey, Non-Profit Resources Librarian Poudre River Library District
• Colorado Library of the Year: Lone Cone Public Library/Carrie Andrews will accept the award
• Excellence in Youth Services: Jeri Gillam of Montrose Regional Library District
• Jean Maio Award for Adult Literacy: Brenda Carns, Director of Eaton Public Library for her work with originating Prison Libraries as well as her Fiesta Friday programs (originally nominated for Career Achievement and Project of the Year)
• Library Advocate: East High School student Jaxon Sharpe winner who testified against SB 48
• Library Partnership: Diane Lord of the Restorative Justice Program in Estes Valley with the
• Project of the Year: University of Northern Colorado’s Library Research Service and Graduate Programs collaboration on “Dissertation Prep and Writing Intensive Program: You are not alone.”
• Lucy Schweers Paralibrarian: Patty Gendill, Westminster Public Library
• TWO Outstanding Trustees of the Year: Ruth Powers of Eagle Valley Library District; and posthumously this award also goes to Lanny Clary of Northern Plains Public Library
• Volunteer of the Year: Nichole Walters, Douglas County Libraries
• Unsung Hero: Joseph Costello, Facilities Manager, Montrose Regional Library District
Thank you once again to all our award recipients and nominators for their continual dedication to our library community. You make a difference every day. This year’s winners will be celebrated at the 2019 CAL Awards Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 19th, 2019 in Loveland. To find out more or to register click HERE.