Alpine Public Library Receives Award for Being Finalist in National Contest 2/12/13
February 12, 2013
Alpine - The Alpine Public Library was one of three finalists for the Best Small Library Award for 2013, which is cosponsored by the Library Journal and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Southern Area Public Library in West Virginia won the overall honor, but the other two finalists came from Texas.
Along with the Alpine Public Library, the Bell/Whittington Public Library in Portland was nominates as well.
The contest's website had the following review of the Alpine Public Library:
"The 9,232 people in Alpine, a very remote town near Big Bend, benefited greatly from the opening of the new public library in 2011. Community engagement shepherding the efforts of local businesses and individuals drove the fundraising for most of the $1.4 million needed, and it continues in operations through robust volunteerism. The varied population that includes Spanish-speakers, the homebound, and the incarcerated are aided by a variety of impressive outreach programs. Meanwhile, the library is savvy about technology in-house, with 11 public access computers for adults and another three for kids, and an impressive "online [Geographic Information System] based map-interface catalog" that allows patrons to locate materials in the region by clicking on a map"
For being a finalist, the Alpine library is going to receive a $10,000 cash award, conference costs for two library representatives to attend the 2014 PLA meeting and award celebration, and more.