Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Recent Winners of the I Am BPL and Innovative and Cool Awards

Norman Griffin, BPL board member Dora Sims (accepting for Mevlia Walton), and Kary'n Davis-
West 

I Am BPL Award
Congratulations to Central Library staff Norman Griffin, Kary'n Davis-West, and Melvia Walton (not pictured) for receiving I Am BPL Awards. Griffin and Davis-West were honored for being first responders to Mayor Randall Woodfin's call for volunteers to man the temporary shelters for the homeless at the BJCC and Boutwell Auditorium during extremely cold temperatures last winter. Melvia Walton received an I Am BPL Award for her work in bringing the UniverSoul Circus to the Central Library.

I Am BPL Award is a quarterly stipend awarded to Birmingham Public Library employees who promote the mission of BPL through their work and commitment.

Patricia Douglas, Christian Zink, coordinator Janine Langston (accepting for June Lancanski), 
and Dora Sims

Innovative and Cool Award
East Lake Branch Library employees Patricia Douglas and Christina Zink were nominated by their branch manager, William Darby, for their proposal to form a fiber arts crafting group to elementary- and middle school-aged children. The group will meet bi-weekly with the goal of teaching participants to crochet and weave. The prize money will be used to buy supplies for the projects.

Children's librarian June Lacanski (not pictured) from the North Birmingham Regional Branch Library also won an Innovative and Cool Award for her Game-a-palooza idea. This idea entails supplying the library with games that can be signed out by patrons of all ages to play inside the library. Within a span of six months, the games were signed out 360 times. The prize money will be used to buy more educational games for loan.

The BPL Board’s Innovative Cool Award program was established to encourage staffers to develop engaging new programs to generate enthusiasm and value for their library patrons.

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