Best Small Library in America

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Library Journal is Now Accepting Applications for the Best Small Library in America Award
Sponsored by Junior Library Guild

Library Journal’s Best Small Library in America award, previously on hiatus, is now active and accepting applications thanks to support from the new sustaining sponsor, Junior Library Guild.

“We know what wonderful work small and rural libraries do. These are the kind of libraries that have supported Junior Library Guild for generations,” Andrew Thorne, VP of marketing for Media Source, told LJ. “So we are thrilled to find an opportunity to give back. It’s exciting to be able to connect more deeply to this community, give it the respect it deserves, and offer it more support.”

The award honors small and rural public libraries in the United States that deliver exemplary service to populations of 25,000 or less. Criteria include raising the profile of the library in the community, reaching new and remote users, improving literacy, using technology to advance patron access to materials and information, and creating replicable programs from which other libraries can learn.

LJ is thrilled to bring this award back from hiatus,” noted Rebecca T. Miller, editorial director of LJ and School Library Journal. “Over its lifetime, it has helped us showcase how vibrant these libraries are, offer models for other small libraries to follow, and celebrate the positive impact they have, community by community.”

The winning library will receive a $5,000 cash award and be profiled in a feature story in the September 15, 2017, LJ and online. Two finalist libraries will be awarded $1,000 worth of JLG products and services.

Now in its 13th round, the Best Small Library in America award was first presented in 2005, to the Haines Borough Public Library, AK, and was previously funded by the Bill & ­Melinda Gates Foundation.

The entry deadline is July 17. For more information on how to apply, click here.