NCPLDA Awards, 2003-2004
Winners, Presenters, and Synopses of Winning Programs

Presented at the NCPLDA Banquet, December 2, 2004, Chapel Hill, NC

Personal Awards
Library Friend of the Year
Library Champion
Lifetime Achievement
Library Trustee
Special Recognition
Library Director of the Year

Program Awards 

Young Adult
Public Relations
Service Innovation
Staff Development


Library Friend of the Year:

Considered annually, the Library Friend of the Year is an individual who has in a significant manner contributed to the value and welfare of her local library, and by doing so, has increased the quality of service provided to all patrons of the library.

Library Champion: Senator Troy Rand, Bladen and Cumberland Counties
Presenter: Jerry Thrasher

The Library Champion Award is given on an irregular basis to one or more non-librarian(s), particularly state legislators and other state officials, who proactively support a legislation which benefits public libraries in North  Carolina.

Benefactor Awards: Baker & Taylor, George Coe   
Presenter: Jane Rustin

The Benefactor’s Award is given on an irregular basis to an individual or group who has made a significant financial contribution towards the development of public library service.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Nancy Bates, Davidson County Public Library
Margaret Blanchard

Considered  annually, this award is given to a North Carolina librarian, past or present, who by creativity, fidelity, leadership and professionalism, has increased the quality for library service to all patrons in their community.  This award encompasses the contributions of an individual(s) over an entire career or lifetime.

Library Trustee of the Year: Gene Bohi, High Point Public Library
Presenter: Kem Ellis

Considered annually, the Library Trustee of the Year is given to a trustee, past or present, who has significantly benefitted his/her library by the strength of his/her service. This trustee has provided leadership, creativity, and inspiration while serving on the board and has contributed in a significant manner to the accomplishment of the library’s mission.

Special Recognition Awards:

Outstanding Leadership:  

Outstanding support through a highly successful fund-raising campaign

President's Award: 

In recognition of leadership and professionalism which has increased the quality of library service to all members of the library community

Library Director of the Year: Brenda Stephens, Hyconeechee Regional Library
Presenter: Bill Snyder

Considered annually, this award is given to a current library director who has contributed to the growth and development of their library by providing leadership, inspiration and creativity to staff, patrons, and trustees.  By his or her abilities, the public library under his or her direction has succeeded in providing excellent service to their library and/or the library community.


Presenter: Jeanne Fox

Large:  Union County Library, "Rotary Readers"
Successful Partnership between the Union County Library and the Union West Rotary Club has led to over 1,900 children becoming Rotary Readers in Union County. The Union West Rotary Club's example has led to other local Rotary Clubs such as the Marshville Rotary Club sponsoring the new Lois Morgan Edwards Memorial Library in Marshville.

Medium: Albemarle Regional Library, “PreK Reading Program”
Ahoskie Public Library Branch Manager, and the Bearfield Primary School Principal make weekly visits to the seven pre-kindergarten classes to share stories and books. Once per month the children take a field trip to the Public Library. By the end of the school year the goal is to teach proper care of books, familiarize the children with children's authors, and introduce students to the public library. Most of them, along with their families become public library users.

Presenter: Cindy Moose

Large: Neuse Regional Library, “Remembering The Soldiers”
Soldiers from the Civil War, World War II and the Vietnam presented a drama that discussed the cost of freedom and those who fought for it. Following the program the audience enjoyed exhibits from the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The program ended with a somber playing of taps.

Presenter: Mark Pumphrey

Large: Forsyth County Library, “On The Same Poem with Rita Dove
This program revealed the transforming power of a single poem through an event that brought together diverse segments of the community along with a world-renowned poet in an engaging discussion of one of her poems.

Medium: Henderson County Library, “Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend”
Henderson County Library was the recipient of a grant for housing the traveling exhibit from the Newberry Library, ALA and the NEH from March 3 through April 16. During the six weeks the exhibit was with the library a series of programs were planned to highlight the theme of the exhibit. Financial aid was received from several sources: the National Endowment for the Humanities, Blue Ridge Community College, and the Friends of the Henderson County Public Library. Among the programs were lectures on various topics related historically and literally to the Elizabethan theme.

Small: Stanley County Library, “Finding Your Ancestors”
The Library in partnership with the DAR, the local Genealogical Society and local history museum, presented a program on how to research your ancestors, what local resources were available and how to record and document your information.

Presenter: Bill Snyder

Cumberland County Library, “East River Community Agency Fair”
The East Regional Branch Library of the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center hosted and participated in a successful collaborative community agency fair that provided residents in eastern Cumberland County with information to improve the quality of their lives, along with free food and live entertainment.


Presenter: Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin

Large: Sandhill Regional Library System, “WOW = Web On Wheels”
Web on Wheels is a mobile computer classroom that serves 15 locations in Anson, Hoke, Montgomery, Moore and Richmond counties. Equipment for the bus including 12 workstations with laptop computers was part of a $58,000 grant from the Rural Internet Access Authority. One-hour classes for first time computer users covers basic software, learning to search the Internet and using email. WOW

Presenter: Cindy Moose

Large: Union County Library, “The Book Jacket” 
The Book Jacket is a staff newsletter for Union County Public Library that is used to keep staff informed as well as shows off their accomplishments.


Presenter: Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin

Large: High Point Public Library, “News From the North Carolina Collection”
This newsletter is very informative, but also informal and chatty. It keeps customers who use the North Carolina Collection informed, but it also forges a strong relationship between our North Carolina Collection staff and their clients.

Presenter: Cindy Moose 

New / Improved Facility
Under 10,000 Sq. Ft.: Cedar Grove Branch, Hyconeechee Regional Library