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 can 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.

 Up to 10 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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16 Responses to “Nominate Your Favorite Librarian”

  1. Jo Bowen Says:

    Tammy Avis from Sand Lake, she is so friendly and helpful. She is always willing to go the extra mile and she offers great suggestions. She takes the time get to know all the patrons and always makes them feel welcome.

  2. Corrie Force Says:

    I would like to nominate Kristin Meyer from the Englehardt Branch. She is always ready to greet you with a smile and assist you with any problem or concern. My daughter loves the books recommended for early readers.

  3. Krista Garbrecht Says:

    Karen of the Grandville location always greets everyone with a smile and when possible calls her patrons by name. Its very heartwarming to know that she cares so much about her job and it shows.

  4. Linda Grit Says:

    Barb DeYong @ the Byron Branch is one of those youth librarians every kid wants to see when they walk through the door. She knows all the kids by name, has special signals so she knows what school they are from and makes them feel the excitment of finding just the right book. We are so blessed to have her. Please consider her nominated.

  5. Lisa Mauric Says:

    Theresa at Tyrone/Kent City is amazing. She is so helpful and friendly and knowledgeable! She is professional, but also feels like your best friend. Honestly, all our librarians are fantastic. I’m very grateful that Kent City is my home library.
    p.s. Karen B. is also wonderful, but we lost her to Sand Lake! Hope everyone there realizes what a great librarian they now have! 🙂

  6. Katie Says:

    Thank you everyone for these wonderful comments! I have forwarded them to the appropriate staff members, and I know they appreciate your kind words. Make sure to submit your nomination online (using the link in the blog post) in order for your favorite librarian to be eligible for the prize.

    KDL Staff

  7. Nancy Grace Says:

    Barb DeYoung at the Byron Center branch has made going to the library a lot of fun! She always takes time out of her day to help kids and parents alike. She has great ideas when asked about books for certain activities, and knows most of the kids in the community by name. She has made a lasting impression on me and my daughter. Thanks, Miss Barb!

  8. Molly Says:

    Betsey from Caledonia is our families favorite!
    She always helps us find enjoyable reads
    she is such a nice person
    Thanks Betsey!

  9. Chris Says:

    Penni Speets is my favorite librarian. She is always helping me out!

  10. Sheila Lenhart Says:

    I would like to nominate Jane from the Caledonia library. She always remembers who I am(I’m not from Caledonia), is always helpful and knows what I need or has helpful suggestions for my kids when looking for something special for a school report or project. She always made me feel welcome when I needed to spend time at the library while in Caledonia.

  11. brittany Says:

    Mrs. Pleyel from South elementary. She is very helpful and she will help you find a book to read. She also has book for everyone. I’ve never heard anyone complain about the library or her.

  12. Britt Says:

    Mrs. Carr and Mrs. york at the Granville Middle School!!!!!!!!

  13. Judy Avery Says:

    I agree with both Nancy Grace and Linda Grit; Miss Barb is the reason why you want to take your kids and grandkids to the Bryon Center Library. My granddaughter loves her!!

  14. Cheryl Staal Says:

    Kristin Meyer of Lowell Englehardt branch has been a wonderful addition to our local library. It seems she acclimated herself to our community immediately. She greets patrons with a genuine smile, by name, and is cheerfully accommodating and helpful – one of those unique people who can brighten one’s day. A “10” for sure.

  15. Mary Says:

    Suzanne Stevens is my favorite. She is very helpful and always makes me laugh.

  16. Missy Dunn Says:

    Barb DeYoung, youth librarian in Byron Center, goes above and beyond to make children and their parents get excited about visiting the library. You may find her with a silly hat on her head or a new puppet around her arm. She’s always ready to recommend a new book that just came in. Miss Barb does it for the children and we are blessed to have her!