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.
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.
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!
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