Awards & Celebrations
View awards presented by the Association and their criteria, and see previous award winners. Nominations for 2018 are being accepted through August 1.
Nominate a deserving library or individual!
The Youth Services Division of PaLA has an Award Committee to choose the award winning titles each year.
Best Practices Awards & David J. Roberts EXCEL Library Service Award
Since 2004, Pennsylvania libraries have been recognized for their exceptional services to youth (birth to 18) with the Best Practices Award. The Youth Services Division of PaLA has a Best Practices Committee to choose these annual awards.
Winners (and honorable mentions) are selected in the following eight categories: Display & Design, High School, Infant/Toddler, STEM, School Age, Preschool, Middle School, and Family/Multi-generational.
Additionally, one library will receive the David J. Roberts EXCEL Library Service Award. Selected from the entire group of best practices winners, the award represents the "Best of the Best" practices for library early learning. The honor includes a monetary gift of $1,000.
The Best Practices Committee will honor the winners at the Carolyne L. Smith Best Practices Award breakfast at the Annual Conference.
Applications for 2018 are now closed. The application for 2018 nominations can be found here. 2019 applications will be due in March.
Find a list of the 2018 winners and honorable mentions.
Find a list of the 2017 winners and honorable mentions.
Find a list of the 2016 winners and honorable mentions.
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