Nominate Your Favorite Librarian

Has a KDL librarian made a real difference in your life? Have they gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide top-notch customer service and excellent programming? Show your appreciation by nominating them for a meaningful award!

Nominations for the national Carnegie Corporation of New York / New York Times I Love My Librarian Award will be accepted through September 12 and must be submitted online.

The award invites library users nationwide to nominate librarians in public libraries, as well as those in school and academic libraries. It is an opportunity for patrons to share how librarians improve the lives of people in their communities.

Ten librarians will win $5,000, a plaque and a $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York , hosted by The New York Times. The award is administered by the American Library Association with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York and The New York Times.

Submit your nomination today!

Written by Katie


Katie is a Communications Assistant and helps spread the word about all the amazing things taking place at KDL. She loves her job so much that she returned to it following a four-year stint as a stay-at-home mom!

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3 Responses to “Nominate Your Favorite Librarian”

  1. Jackie Townsend Says:

    A librarian whom I believe deserves the award and recognition of being Top-Notch would be Toby S. from the East Grand Rapids, KDL Public Library. He either be found: seated, alert and patient–willing to help the next would be patron or already actively participating with someone’s quest for a new book or author, if not already fostering someone’s further learning on the computer… in which case, he is standing over someone’s shoulder–giving them the attention and direction that they deserve and need.
    I met Toby in the Spring through early Fall of 2010 when I became physically injured and lost my job. I found the EGR Public Library a nice, quiet oasis for me to come and check my e-mails, stay in communication with friends and family using e-mail and FACEBOOK and a place to keep my mind active by checking out a variety of books while my body was healing.
    An instance which stands out in my mind when he was especially helpful to me was when I came to the library and needed to make numerous photocopies and he offered to help with the commands of the computer and printer as well as offered the use the stapler to organize a bunch of papers which I needed for insurance and medical purposes. I was really feeling overwhelmed with the project of organizing and submitting this paperwork because of the brevity of this paperwork in terms of being able to relax and take some time off to heal, properly. Toby acknowledged my need for assistance, did not make me feel stupid for needing it and kindly assisted me with the repeated commands needed at the computer station, for the printer. He then offered me a larger workspace and stapler without my asking, and assured me that if there were anything else that I may need that he would be there to assist me further.
    As I continued to use the library, Toby greeted my repeated face kindly and graciously every day that I came, and never grew frustrated with my repeated questions, concerns or requests. At first I thought I was going to be considered someone that clearly needed to find a life outside the habitat of the public library, but I was not treated as a nuisance or a pest although I thought my need for constant attention could have seemed this way. I would recommend the EGR library to anyone I know that is eager to find a book and use the computer for recreational activities or to use the library to find important and life changing information outside of their realm of knowledge. Staff members there like Toby S. make the EGR public library a place worth coming back to because of excellent customer service. He is polite, attentive, courteous, helpful and knows what to say to make difficult situations come to pass. I hope you have the chance to meet him and recognize him for his excellence in customer service. Thank you~ Sincerely, Jackie Townsend

  2. Sheri Says:

    Thanks so much for your comment, Jackie! I would encourage you to officially nominate Toby for the “I Love My Librarian” nationwide contest by filling out the nomination form at

    KDL Webmaster

  3. Adisa Says:

    Someone for whom is very special to me and I would like to nominate is Greg from Kentwood District Library. He is one heck of a help to not only me but to lots and lots of other people who are also in the library.

    I hope Greg wins! 🙂