The State Librarian’s Excellence Award Luncheon  was held on Friday, October 20, 2018 at the Lansing Center as part of the Michigan Library Association annual conference. 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. These are libraries that demonstrate their commitment to high standards of customer service through staff interaction with customers .

The 2017 State Librarian’s Excellence Awards winning libraries honored at this year’s luncheon were:

  • East Lansing Public Library earned the 2017 State Librarian’s Excellence Award for superior customer service
  • Interlochen Public Library and Tahquamenon Area School Public Library each received the State Librarian’s Citation of Excellence for their devotion to customer service.

Randy Riley, State Librarian, made the awards with each donor (Marty Gibbs, Citation of Excellence and Roger Mendel, Excellence Award ) to the winning libraries. As part of each presentation, Randy read a few of the remarkable comments from community members of the libraries:

Since I moved to Interlochen 10 years ago, the library was the most welcoming place I stepped into. –  Interlochen Public Library patron

…staff at the library have managed to invite and embrace everyone with the need for learning, interactivity, and just relaxing in an environment of peace and tranquility – Tahquamenon Area School Public Library patron

Adults, children, US and international students, as well as seniors are all part of East Lansing Public Library’s community service plan. One patron in particular said,

East Lansing Public Library’s outreach to the community easily is the best of the six cities I have worked!

The hard work, dedication and creativity of the staff hade our library a hub of civic life in East Lansing – East Lansing Council Member

East Lansing’s, Representative Sam Singh presented a  Special Tribute  to East Lansing Public Library Director, Kristen Shelley. The Special Tribute recognizes East Lansing’s exceptional service to the community and is signed by Governor Snyder, Lt. Governor Calley, State Senator Herkel and State Representative Sam Singh.

The Foundation is once again  very grateful to donors and exemplary board members, Roger Mendel and Marty Gibbs who have committed to supporting these prestigious awards.