Georgia Public Library Awards

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Georgia Public Library Awards nominations are open, and for the first time ever, we are awarding a Georgia Public Library Employee Award! We want you to tell us about the library employee who helped your child gain a love for reading, showed you where to find study resources, or made you feel welcome in a new community.

Help us honor library staff and libraries for their great work. Please take a few moments to nominate your favorite library employee.

Nominations are open Oct. 15 – Nov. 15

Read about the awards and submit a nomination

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
2020 – Marquita Gooch-Voyd
2019 – Stephen Houser
2018 – Sandy Hester
2017 – Carolyn Fuller
2016 – Jennifer Lautzenheiser
2015 – Steve Schaefer

Library Champion of the Year
2020 – Dr. Steve Whatley
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
2020 – Cherokee Regional Library System
2019 – Okefenokee Regional Library System
2018 – DeKalb County Public Library
2017 – Athens Regional
2016 – Hart County
2015 – Lee County