The 2017 State Librarian Excellence Awards were presented at the SLEA Luncheon on October 2oth in Lansing., Michigan. The Foundation provides the Excellence Awards and invites the director and staff of the winning libraries to the luncheon . This year the Foundation was pleased to also welcome the Foundation’s top donors from our most recent fundraising year as appreciation and recognition for their generous support.
The Library of Michigan Foundation’s State Librarian’s Excellence Award is awarded yearly to a library that exemplifies excellence in customer service. One library in Michigan receives this prestigious award with a $3,000 cash prize, as well as a distinctive trophy for display in its public area. Two Library of Michigan Foundation Citations of Excellence are also presented, with the honored two libraries each receiving $1,000 and a beautiful trophy for display. Winning libraries are selected for superior service to their customers and community.
Authors and book lovers celebrated the Library of Michigan’s 20th Annual Notable Books program Saturday evening, the first of April. The Library Rotunda was circled with author tables, where 17 of this year’s 20 selected authors of the 2017 Notable Books conversed with Night for Notables guests.
Thomas Lynch, well known throughout Michigan’s vast writing community and across the country from many appearances on national public, cable and network television stations and radio was the evening’s keynote speaker. Mr. Lynch, often described as a cross between Garrison Keillor and W.B. Yeats is an American poet, essayist, and undertaker in Milford, Michigan. The audience of authors, donors, library staff and book lovers were captivated by Mr. Lynch’s talk which was at times hilarious, thought-provoking, emotional and personal.
Both the Michigan Reads! youth literacy program and the Michigan Notable Books (MNB) program, which recognizes Michigan works and authors, have been making stops at schools, youth centers (Michigan Reads!) and libraries around the state (MNB).
Michigan Reads! is also supported through federal and state funds, but is significantly enhanced with private support by the Library of Michigan Foundation and its corporate sponsors, principally this year Consumers Energy. This program encourages reading aloud regularly to children during the early stages of life, from birth to age 5) to help ensure the development of early literacy skills and and instill a love of reading. This year, author Lisa Wheeler visited 12 libraries with approximately a total of 2500 program attendants.
Private support helps pay for the MNB authors tour to approximately 50 libraries in various regions of the state. Michigan Notable Books is significantly supported by the Library of Michigan Foundation and corporate sponsors such as the Michigan Humanities Council and Meijer. This year, 18 of 20 Notable Book authors visited approximately 50 libraries around the state. The author tour is organized by the Library of Michigan Notable Books Coordinator.