Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Receives Library of the Year Award

June 8th, 2016

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL) has been named the 2016 Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year in recognition of the Library's central role as a convener and leader for addressing the most pressing issues in its community, from battling poverty to increasing broadband access. Each year, Gale and Library Journal present the award, including a $10,000 cash prize, to a library that serves as a role model for creativity and innovation in community service and programming.

Citing the Library as a "major force for its constituents" that is "central to local deliberations and changes," Library Journal shares how the TSCPL established a wide variety of strategic partnerships across sectors to coordinate and lead initiatives for collective action in Topeka and Shawnee County.

Award judges also recognized ULC member Madison Public Library (MPL) for its Tell Us: Communities Inspiring Libraries initiative, which led over 50 planning conversations with local partners focused on providing all community members with equitable access to critical resources and services.

Click here to read the full Library Journal feature on TSCPL and MPL.