Laurie Doan, young adult librarian at Tredyffrin Public Library is recognized for her “leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning” and named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor and only the second one from the commonwealth of PA in the 10 year history of the award.
The nomination for the award included stories and quotes from several of Laurie’s friends, coworkers, community partners, and the teens she has mentored. ALA received 0ver 1,200 nominations this year. Laurie’s dedication to our township teens has extended to donating her 5000 dollar prize money back to the library. She plans to invest this money into continuing to further the teen and performing arts programs at TPL.
Laurie shies from recognition, claiming that her work is successful because of help from the community, the township, the school district, and more. She hopes a matching $5000 be raised in response to the award.
Please read the nomination letter, written by community member Nora Margolis and including many first hand accounts of how Laurie has impacted and inspired our township teens. Also, see a mention of the win in the Washington Post & read the official press release from the American Library Association.
We also encourage you to share your own stories of how Laurie’s work has impacted you through social media using the hashtag #ILoveMyLibrarian.
The following is a quote from Laurie’s remarks upon receiving the I Love My Librarian award:
“I realize that I’m still being taught. By the parents and the teachers and my co-workers, and most of all by the teens themselves. I’m taught lessons every day by the very same people who nominated me for this award.”
Congratulations Laurie and thank you for your dedication!