Library Accolades

You have many reasons to be proud of your library and many reasons to have faith in your library’s commitment to excellence. Here are just a few recent awards and endorsements from local and national organizations.


Library IT Work Highlighted in Technology Magazine

The library’s Digital Services staff members Joey Embers, David King and Brian Mithen were interviewed for a StateTech magazine article. Library staff were interviewed on the Hyperconverged system they recently installed in the library’s data center. StateTech is a national trade publication for state and local government technology.


Library Leaders Present at 2017 Computers in Libraries Conference

Library CEO Gina Millsap presented the keynote presentation, a breakout presentation and was part of a panel discussion at the Computers in Libraries annual conference in March 2017. The library’s Director of Digital Services David King presented a half-day workshop on technology trends at the conference.

Millsap shared her secrets to becoming a role model for libraries around the world. She discussed how the roles of librarians and libraries are changing to be community leaders and change agents. Librarians are the new superheroes – developing new toolkits, skills and relationships to facilitate positive change in their communities.


Library wins gold and silver at AAF Awards

The library won top honors at the American Advertising Awards annual recognition of design professionals on February 4, 2017.

The Learn & Play Bus mural wrap, designed by Michael Perkins, earned a Gold award in the “Out-Of-Home and Ambient Media Public Service” category. Perkins was also recognized with a Silver award for the National Library Week Celebrity Librarians READ posters. He photographed the celebrities and used those photos in his design of the 12 READ posters.


Kari Zimmerman named to Leadership Topeka Class of 2017

The library’s Volunteer Coordinator Kari Zimmerman was selected to participate in Leadership Greater Topeka 2017. A program of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Greater Topeka identifies outstanding potential leaders from across the community and teaches them how to lead in a community setting.

Thirty-six class members attended a retreat and eight day-long sessions between January 12 and May 5 to learn about challenges facing the City of Topeka and Shawnee County, and how they can work to influence community issues and problems.


Book Rich Environment Initiative

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is one of 35 libraries invited to participate in the Book Rich Environments (BRE) Initiative. BRE is the first national initiative that brings the local public library and public housing agencies together on behalf of children and families living in public housing. BRE was formally launched on January 5, 2017, in Washington, D.C. The Urban Libraries Council identified our library as a potential partner because of our collaboration with the Topeka Housing Authority.


Library wins Library of the Year awardLibrary Journal

Each year, Library Journal looks for role model libraries to vie for the honor of being named the Library Journal / Gale Cengage Learning Library of the Year. More than 9,595 public libraries in the U.S. and Canada are eligible to apply for the $10,000 prize celebrating the library that most profoundly demonstrates creativity, innovation, leadership and outstanding service to its community.

As the 2016 Library of the Year, the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library was the Library Journal cover story on June 15, 2016 and was honored with a gala reception by the American Library Association June 26, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Past winners have gained immeasurable prestige within North America and their home communities, and considerable national media coverage. It is an honor that resonates for a lifetime.

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