Georgia Public Library Awards

Recognizing the difference makers in Georgia’s public libraries

Every day, libraries in communities across Georgia are transforming lives as they offer opportunities for people to build new job skills, pursue degrees, stay active, learn to read, meet friends, and much more. Annual Georgia Public Library Awards honor the outstanding service and achievements of Georgia’s public libraries, librarians and advocates.

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See the 2020 recipients

The Cherokee Regional Library System has been awarded Library of the Year; Marquita Gooch-Voyd, assistant director of Clayton County Library System is Librarian of the Year; Dr. Steve Whatley, former board chair and longtime trustee for Newton County Library System is Champion of the Year; and Thomas Jones, retired director of Middle Georgia Regional Library System, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Past recipients

Librarian of the Year
2019 – Stephen Houser
2018 – Sandy Hester
2017 – Carolyn Fuller
2016 – Jennifer Lautzenheiser
2015 – Steve Schaefer

Library Champion of the Year
2019 – Dr. Gordon Baker
2018 – Dan Aldridge
2017 – Sen. Jack Hill and Rep. Terry England
2016 – Karin Slaughter
2015 – Kathy Ash

Library of the Year
2019 – Okefenokee Regional Library System
2018 – DeKalb County Public Library
2017 – Athens Regional
2016 – Hart County
2015 – Lee County

Lifetime Achievement
2019 – Dr. Leroy Childs

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Submit a nomination

Do you know a librarian who spends time with everyone who comes in the door, the library that has helped local entrepreneurs start small businesses, or the volunteer who comes every week with a smile?

We want you to tell us about them. Submit a nomination for a Georgia Public Library Award!