Pennsylvania Library Association Best Practices Award Winners
Baldwin Borough Public Library, Monroeville Public Library, Moon Township Public Library, Mt. Lebanon Public Library, Robinson Township Library and Western Allegheny Community Library were recognized by the Pennsylvania Library Association with 2018 Best Practice Awards for their outstanding efforts in children’s programming.
- Baldwin Borough Public Library was the winner in the Middle School category for its program “Middle School Teen Summer Musical Theater.”
- Lebanon Public Library was the winner in the Family/Multigenerational category for its program “Franken Toys.”
- Robinson Township Library was the winner in the School Age category for its program “Zoo Keepers.”
- Monroeville Public Library received an Honorable Mention in the Family/Multigenerational category for its program “Reflections of Me.”
- Moon Township Public Library received an Honorable Mention in the Display & Design category for its program “All the Feels.”
- Western Allegheny Community Library received an Honorable Mention in the High School category for its program “Teen Volunteer Managers,” and an Honorable Mention in the School Age category for their program “Elementary Maker Lab-Zones.
Since 2004, the committee has recognized Pennsylvania libraries for exceptional services to youth (birth to 18) through the Best Practice Award. Programs considered to be “best practice” support learning and literacy, and are effective in reaching intended goals, cost-efficient, age-appropriate, easily replicated, favorably received and innovative. Community collaboration and promotion or recognition of PA Forward is a plus as well. Winners were recognized at the annual Pennsylvania Library Association Conference in October.
Penguin Random House Library Awards for Innovation
Heather Weleski, Children and Youth Services Coordinator at the Community Library of Castle Shannon, was honored as a Penguin Random House Innovator. Recognized in the Children and Youth category for her program “Feed Your Minds,” Heather was one of four runners up that received a $1,000 book grant for the Community Library of Castle Shannon and was celebrated at the American Library Association Annnual Conference in June.
The national Library Awards for Innovation recognize the nation’s most innovative public libraries and librarians for community-based library programs that engage citizens in reading and strengthen the social and cultural fabric of their community.