2018 Library Awards for Innovation Grant Recipients to be Honored at the Penguin Random House ALA Opening Night Reception

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2018 Library Awards for Innovation Grant Recipients to be

Honored at the Penguin Random House ALA Opening Night Reception

Sponsored by The Penguin Random House Foundation  

Awards Presentation at The National WWII Museum New Orleans 

Friday, June 22, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.


New York, NY, June 19, 2018 – The Penguin Random House Foundation, part of trade-book publisher Penguin Random House, and home to the Penguin Random House Library Awards for Innovation, will be honoring the recipients of its 2018 Library Awards for Innovation on June 22nd. These awards recognize the nation’s most innovative public libraries and librarians for community-based library programs that engage citizens in reading and strengthen the social and cultural fabric of their community. Open to public libraries and public school libraries across the United States, the awards aim to encourage citizens to participate in and support reading initiatives that connect libraries with their communities.


Skip Dye, Vice President & Director of Operations and Library Sales, Penguin Random House, will be presenting the top awards to the 2018 recipients at the Penguin Random House Librarian Reception, annually held during the American Libraries Association Annual Conference and Exhibition. This year, the American Library Association Conference and Exhibition will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.


“More than ever before, it is vital to highlight and celebrate the profound impact libraries and librarians have on their community,” said Mr. Dye. “These awards honor the inventive and resourceful means through which libraries inspire and support diversity, tolerance, and literacy.”


The 2018 awards consist of one $10,000 first-place grant, four $1,000 runner-up grants, and five $500 book grant awards for each librarian’s respective public library. In addition, book donations will be made to all of this year’s winners, listed below:


Gretchen Caserotti – $10,000 Grant Recipient, Library Director

For “Tiny Library at the Hill”

Meridian Library District – Meridian, Idaho


Lisa Goldstein – $1,000 Grant Recipient, Youth Wing Division Manager

For “Book Match Teen”

Brooklyn Public Library – Brooklyn, New York


Jennifer McCormack – $1,000 Grant Recipient, Director

For “ELL Summer Reading Program”

Nashua Public Library – Nashua, New Hampshire


Meghan Petersen – $1,000 Grant Recipient, Archivist

For “Amesbury Eats Equality Now”

Amesbury Public Library – Amesbury, Massachusetts


Heather Weleski – $1,000 Grant Recipient, Children and Youth

For “Feed Your Minds”

Community Library of Castle Shannon – Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania


Christine Gramm – $500 Book Grant Award Recipient, Library Manager

For “Ged Testing Center”

Medina County District Library – Medina, Ohio


Elizabeth LaRosee – $500 Book Grant Award Recipient, Assistant Director/Emerging Tech

For “Community Digital Media and Learning Lab”

Turner Free Library – Randolph, Massachusetts


Elizabeth McIntyre – $500 Book Grant Award Recipient, Director

For “Barrow Book Partnership”

Piedmont Regional Libraries – Jefferson, Georgia


Maria Sewall – $500 Book Grant Award Recipient, Children’s Librarian

For “Bus Book Program”

Topsham Public Library – Topsham, Missouri


Myra Shindler – $500 Book Grant Award Recipient, BJE Director

For “The Veteran’s Day Teen Holocaust Forum”

Jewish Community Library and Resource Center – Scottsdale, Arizona



As part of the first-place award, conference registration, travel, and lodging expense is included. Meridian Library’s Youth Services Librarian Skye Corey will accept the award on behalf of Gretchen Caserotti at the Penguin Random House invitation-only reception, expected to be attended by 150 librarians from around the country.





About Penguin Random House


Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, is dedicated to its mission of nourishing a universal passion for reading by connecting authors and their writing with readers everywhere. The company, which employs more than 10,000 people globally, was formed on July 1, 2013, by Bertelsmann and Pearson, who own 53 percent and 47 percent, respectively. With nearly 250 independent imprints and brands on five continents, Penguin Random House comprises adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses in more than 20 countries worldwide, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, India, South Africa, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Portugal, and Uruguay. With over 15,000 new titles, and close to 800 million print, audio and eBooks sold annually, Penguin Random House’s publishing lists include more than 60 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.


For more about the Penguin Random House Library Awards for Innovation and this year’s recipients, please visit our website at https://social-impact.penguinrandomhouse.com/.




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