“America needs more Paulas,” according to Khara Timsina, a community leader and Bhutanese immigrant to the United States. At a time when American society has become rife with divisiveness, Paula Kelly uses her remarkable knowledge, ability and integrity as the Whitehall Public Library director to build community connections and educate residents that there should be a better way for us all to live together.
Committed to inclusion, partnerships and collaboration, Paula is a recognized leader and readily shares her education, programming and advocacy strategies with peers locally and beyond. In 2018, she was recognized by Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald and the Department of Human Services for “outstanding outreach . . . to engage immigrants and refugees . . . with communities in the South Hills.”
Paula Kelly was named a winner of the 2018 I Love My Librarian Award, recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. She is 1 of only 10 librarians selected to receive this national honor.