Library of the Year – Honorable Mentions
Gates Public Library
Honeoye Falls Manor Intermediate School Library
RRLC National Library Week contest judges had a tough time choosing winners among all the 61 libraries nominated (and 758 nominations) for RRLC Library of the Year, so they selected two libraries for “Honorable Mention”.
Honorable Mention – Public Library of the Year – Gates Public Library
“The Gates Public Library was nominated by a large number of people, and of course many nominations mentioned the beautiful new library space that was developed for the community. Here's one nomination:
The Gates Public Library has always been the 'heart' of the Town of Gates. With its terrific collection of books, unparalleled variety of media and incredibly accommodating staff, the library is literally one of the greatest values in this 'pay-to-play' world! And the new facility, fashioned after the style of an elegant bookstore, makes one reluctant to go home! Free wireless, two reference desks, plenty of natural light and a layout that invites casual browsing is the frosting on the cake. The Gates Public Library is a treasure.
But at least as prominent in the nominations was the community's appreciation for the people who make the library what it is.
The Gates Public Library is a great library because of the people who work there. They are always available to help me find materials and books that I want. They are cheerful and kind to everyone, helping the youngest children find books and tapes on any given theme, leading patrons to the Booktique, an ongoing book store selling gently used books and providing programs for everyone.
Congratulations to the Gates Public Library and the Town of Gates for bringing a world-class library to your residents."
Honorable Mention – School Library of the Year – Honeoye Falls Manor Intermediate School Library
“The students named librarian, Mrs. Smith frequently in their comments. It was a difficult choice to select only one winner. One nomination highlights the regard the students have for the librarian:
The library is awesome in our school. It is because of Mrs. Smith. She makes learning our library and computers SO much fun. It is my favorite part of the week, when we go to library. Mrs. Smith is always there. She is even there on weekends! I come to school for soccer practice and lacrosse on Saturdays and Sundays and she is always there. She says there is always stuff to do and that she loves to be there, anyways. It is a really nice room with lots of big windows. But the fun part of it is that we always have stories, computer time and her teaching us every week. We can get up and move around, and it is not a rule to be QUIET. I hope that someday I will be a librarian and love my job the way Mrs. Smith does. The library in my school deserves this WIN!”
The judges were also touched by the comment of one student:
“I like this library because the librarians are kind and helpful. Where I come from, in Turkey, you have to pay $20 to get in and $20 to get out. It was a big deal to come to the library and the librarians didn't help you. It wasn't organized and they didn't have computers like we do in this library. But when I moved to this school and they showed me the library, I was so happy that there was a library for free in school. So from then, I started making books with my ESL teacher. The librarian always complimented us and encouraged us to write more books. She put the books somewhere that everybody could see. It made me feel happy, proud, and accepted. Manor School library is awesome !!!!!!!!!”
Congratulations to our Honorable Mention libraries.
They will receive an engraved plaque for their library and will be honored at the RRLC Annual Meeting, June 7 at Casa Larga. Join us!