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 current recipients

The Lifetime Achievement Award has been given posthumously to LeRoy Childs, the state’s first black public library director; Library of the Year Award has been awarded to Okefenokee Regional Library System; Librarian of the Year is Stephen Houser, director of Twin Lakes Library System; and Library Champion of the Year is Dr. Gordon Baker, who most recently served as library trustee and board chair at Henry County Public Library and whose career in libraries spans more than 40 years.

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Q & As with the recipients

The recipients of the 2019 Georgia Public Library Awards daily champion libraries across the state. Their efforts to show that libraries are the heart of their communities has made a meaningful difference in many lives. Read our Q&A’s below with each award winner.

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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!

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Past recipients

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

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

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2018 – DeKalb County Public Library
2017 – Athens Regional
2016 – Hart County
2015 – Lee County