Gilchrist Award

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Library patrons, employees, and the public are invited to nominate a fellow library volunteer or philanthropist for Charles W. Gilchrist Award. This award is given in memory of former Montgomery County Executive Charles W. Gilchrist, who sought to encourage community participation in Montgomery County. It is presented to an individual, family, family foundation, corporation, or civic group that has demonstrated exceptional service to Montgomery County Public Libraries through volunteer and/or philanthropic support.

FOLMC will present the award at the 6th Annual Library After Dark Gala on April 25, 2020 during National Library Week.

Questions? Call 240-777-0020 or email

Awards Committee

An Awards Committee is appointed to review the nominations and recommend a recipient to the FOLMC Board of Trustees. The Awards Committee consists of representatives from MCPL, the Montgomery County Library Board (MCLB), FOLMC Board, FOL Chapters, Library Advisory Committees (LACs), and past award recipients.


Past Awardees

2020 Award recipient coming soon.
2019 Award recipient Aileen Klein. Pictured from left, Ari Brooks, Aileen Klein, and James W. Gilchrist.
2018 Award recipient Richard Freedman. Freedman is the Regional Environmental Land Services Manager at Aggregate Industries and their Quarry Day event provides a fun learning environment for families and provides monetary contributions to the Quince Orchard Library Chapter. Pictured from left, Richard Freedman, Ari Brooks, and James W. Gilchrist.
2017 Award recipient Jan Jablonski, co-founder Noyes Children’s Library Foundation. Matthew Jablonski accepting the award on behalf of his mother.
fol-gala-2016-1272 2016 Award recipient the Maryland Writers’ Association. Teen Writing Coordinator, Mark Willen, pictured here with student participant, Sydney Sackett.
library-2015-131 2015 Award recipient the FOL Silver Spring Chapter. Chapter leaders pictured here with James W. Gilchrist.