Librarians’ Choice

Ellen Oh receiving the inaugural Librarians’ Choice Award in 2016

Award Description:

The Librarians’ Choice Award brings the library community together to recognize an author who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the literary community at large through education, advocacy, or philanthropic contributions. FOLMC will present the award at the Library After Dark Gala on April 13, 2019 during National Library Week.

To be eligible for nomination for the Librarians’ Choice Award, nominees must meet the following criteria:

  1. Nominee should demonstrate exceptional support and appreciation for libraries and/or the literary community. For example, advocating on behalf of literacy and library usage; participating in community-focused literary events; making financial or otherwise philanthropic contributions to libraries and their supporters; or other literacy and writing focused community endeavors.
  2. Nominee must be a living author who resides, for at least part of the year, in the state of Maryland or within 50 miles of FOLMC Headquarters (in Rockville, MD; this includes the Washington metropolitan area and part of Northern Virginia).
  3. Nominee’s work must be available for sale in print format; included in MCPL collections; and accessible beyond the author’s immediate surrounding region.  
  4. Nominee must have been reviewed by a professional, reliable public source such as Publishers Weekly, Booklist, School Library Journal, Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine, Essence.
  5. Nominee’s work may represent any genre, for example, fiction, nonfiction, children or young adult, picture book, biography, mystery, romance, science fiction, poetry, cookbooks, coffee table books, humor, graphic novels. Textbooks are not eligible.
  6. Writers whose work exists only in eBook (Nook, Kindle, iBooks) or print-on-demand format(s) is not eligible unless the nominee has other work that meets criteria #3 above.  

Nominations may be submitted by the Montgomery County Library Board (MCLB), Library Advisory Committees (LACs), FOLMC chapters, library patrons, and the general public. The nominee with the most votes from Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) staff will be recommended for approval by the FOLMC Board of Trustees. The award recipient will be invited to attend the Library After Dark Gala to accept the award.

Deadline for nomination is December 31.


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