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Three Baldwin County libraries were awarded Alabama Library Association Standards Awards at this year’s annual convention held at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear. The Foley Public Library and the Thomas B. Norton Public Library (Gulf Shores) received gold level awards. The Bay Minette Public Library was awarded the bronze level award.
This year’s convention theme was “Heart of Your Hometown” and highlighted the importance of libraries to their respective communities. The annual library convention is a learning and networking opportunity for library staff members. Attendees were also given the opportunity to hear from several local authors at different author events.
The Public Library Division of the Alabama Library Association presents the awards to “recognize superior planning and levels of excellence attained by exceptional public libraries in Alabama.” The purpose of the Public Library Division is to promote service and development of public libraries throughout the state. “Public libraries that achieve these standards serve as benchmarks of excellence for other libraries in the state.”
The Gold Level Standards Award for public libraries in the state is the highest level attainable followed by the Silver Level and the Bronze Level.
"It's an honor to bring the Gold Level Standards Award back from our annual convention to share our recognition with our Mayor, City Council, and all of our residents and library patrons, as reinforcement of their ongoing support of the hard work done by all of the staff members of the library,” said Wendy Congiardo, Thomas B. Norton Public Library Director. “We're pleased to serve as the 'Heart of our Hometown'."
Press release submitted by the Alabama Library Association