Magazine article American Libraries

New York City Welcomes America's Favorite Librarians

Magazine article American Libraries

New York City Welcomes America's Favorite Librarians

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New York City welcomed the 10 winners of the 2009 I Love My Librarian Award with the lighting of the city's Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. At least the timing made it look that way, and some 750,000 extra people in the streets made it seem as if the entire city had turned out to welcome America's favorite librarians to the December 3 award ceremony at the splendid New York Times building on Eighth Avenue.

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The award winners included four public librarians, three school library media specialists, and three academic librarians. This year's chosen 10 are: Sol A. Gomez, branch manager, Pima County (Ariz.) Public Library, Sam Lena--South Tucson branch; Laura Grunwerg, director of youth and young adult services, River Edge (N.J.) Public Library; Lucy Hansen, lead librarian, South Texas Independent School District, Biblioteca Las Americas, Mercedes, Texas; Alice K. Juda, reference librarian, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island; Karen E. Martines, head of the Public Administration Library Department, Cleveland (Ohio) Public Library; Dwight Mclnvaill, director, Georgetown County (S.C.) Library; Seamus O'Scanlain (Scanlon), librarian and assistant professor. Center for Worker Education Library, City College of New York; Dana Thomas, media specialist, Cypress Lake Middle School, Fort Myers, Florida; Carolyn Wheeler, media specialist, Conant Elementary School, Bloom-held Hills, and youth services librarian, Rochester Hills Public Library, in Michigan; and Oceana Wilson, director of library and information services, Crossett Library, Bennington (Vt.) College.

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Sponsored by the New York Times and Carnegie Corporation of New York and administered by the American Library Association, the award recognizes quality service and dedication by library professionals across the country, nominated by their patrons and selected by a jury of their peers.

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Bartenders without booze

The $5,000 prize and all-expenses-paid trip to New York made a nifty holiday gift, and the speech-filled award ceremony brought tears to the eyes of many as the winners talked about the life-changing benefits of good library service.

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Award winner Dana Thomas quipped that she could hardly wait to share the $5,000 prize with her students at Cypress Lake Middle School. …

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