Friends give $5,000 to library staff

May 21, 2015

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
1515 SW 10th Ave | Topeka, KS 66604
785-580-4515 | www.tscpl.org

Mary Campbell, office manager
Friends of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
Office: 785-580-4445
mcampbell@tscpl.org

Leah Sewell, communications editor
785-580-4487
lsewell@tscpl.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nonprofit organization, Friends of the Topeka and Shawnee County Library, has awarded library staff scholarships in the amount of $5,000 for the 2015-16 academic year.
The Friends annual scholarship is awarded to part-time and full-time staff members of the library and friends staff. Staff members can apply up to three times. Full-time staff and second- and third-time applicants can receive up to $1,500. First time applicants and part-time staff can receive up to $1,000. The money awarded goes to any undergraduate program and/or a Masters of Library Science.

Winners of the 2015 scholarship award:

Miranda Ericsson

Miranda Ericsson

Miranda Ericsson, public service specialist, was awarded $1,000 toward her Masters of Information Science and Learning Technologies from Emporia State University.

Autumn Friedli

Autumn Friedli

Autumn Friedli, public service specialist, was awarded $1,000 toward her Masters of Library Science from Emporia State University.

Natalie Moreland

Natalie Moreland

Natalie Moreland, kids library public service specialist, was awarded $1,500 toward her Masters of Library Science from the University of Missouri.

Timothy Volpert

Timothy Volpert

Timothy Volpert, bookmobile senior associate, was awarded $1,500 toward completion of his bachelors in sociology from Fort Hays State University.

Each received the maximum amount based on the criteria set forth in the grant policy.

The Friends have been awarding educational scholarships to the library and friends staff since 1993 and have awarded a total $88,000 in scholarships to recipients over the years.

About the Friends of the Library
Friends of TSCPL is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization formed to establish closer relations between the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and the people it serves; to aid, promote, develop and advance the operation of the Library; and to support and cooperate with the Library in developing community services.

Management of the organization is vested in the Board of Directors.

About the library
In 2015, the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library was recognized as one of the top three libraries in the nation with a LibraryAware Award for its work in the community. The library is committed to supporting the economic vitality of our community, nourishing its spirit, imagination and culture and providing resources to make sure every child is ready for kindergarten.

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Leah Sewell

Leah is the Communications Editor for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, which basically means she’s an observer, collector and creator of library stories. She’s a veteran publisher and magazine editor who has brought her passion for all things literary and writerly to library communications. Leah has an MFA in writing from the University of Nebraska, is a published poet and author, a graphic designer, and has a very healthy obsession with books, podcasts, art and from-scratch cooking. She lives in Topeka with her two wily kids and a similarly unruly to-read pile.