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Awards & Recognition

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is often recognized for its efforts both locally and nationally, in the form of awards and other honors. In addition, Library employees are often recognized as experts in their field, and are invited to share that expertise in various ways such presentations and publications. These efforts support the Library's role as essential leader. 


2018 American Library Association Spectrum Scholar

2018 Gale, A Cengage Company, Financial Development Award

2018 Reader's Digest Nicest Places in America

2018 Charlotte Parent Readers' Favorite Awards

  • Readers' Favorites for Education + Enrichment, Library Storytime

2018 Charlotte Magazine Best of the Best (BOB) Awards

2018 Library Journal Movers & Shakers

2017 Queen City Public Relations Awards

  • Crown Award for Integrated Communications, Nonprofit Category, Digital Resource Campaign

2017 Hermes Creative Awards

2017 Charlotte Magazine Best of the Best (BOB) Awards

2017 Customers of Sirsi Dynix Users Group (COSUGI) Awards

2017 Blue Diamond Awards

  • Blue Diamond Award for Technology and Innovation, Nonprofit Category, ONE Access

2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

2016 Bookie Award

  • Best Literary Program, Every Child Ready to Read Storytimes and Outreach Programs

2016 Creative Loafing Awards  

  • Best Film Series, Hollywood Shoots Itself

2016 Library Marketer of the Year Awards

  • First-ever Library Marketer of the Year Award, "Telling the Story" (Press Release)

2016 SmartCEO Magazine Brava award

  • Brava Award for High-impact Female CEOs, Jenni Gaisbauer (Press Release)

2016 The National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award

  • Achievement Award for Children and Youth, ONE Access

2016 Charlotte Parent Reader's Favorites

  • Favorites for Education + Enrichment, Storytimes (Article)

    2016 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards

    2016 Telly Awards

    • Bronze Telly for Commercial Spot, "Get Ready with Words" Campaign

    2016 Charlotte Magazine Best of the Best (BOB) Award

    • Editor's Choice for Best place to take kids reading, ImaginOn
    • Editor's Choice for Best local online learning, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
    • People's Choice for Best Storytime, all libraries

    2016 National Safe Place and The Relatives "Together We Can" Awards

    • "Together We Can" Award, Angela Craig

    2016 Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)​ Volunteer of the Year Awards

    • Volunteer of the Year, Tara Smith (Read More)

    Other Accolades & Honors

    • In 2018, employee Emily Nanney served on the prestigious Caldecott Committee, reading hundreds of books to be considered for the Caldecott Medal, annouced in early 2018 (Read More)  
    • In 2017, Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room volunteer Katie Grafer was chosen to receive a monetary honorarium from the Mecklenburg Historical Association after being nominated by Library Carolina Room employees
    • In 2017, Librarian Becca Worthington, ImaginOn, received third place in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg County National Arts Program® Exhibit 
    • In 2016, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library received recognition for providing the highest quality of service on an international level as a part of Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network (Read More)
    • In 2016, Debra Sharp, Debra Sharp, Librarian, was asked to lead a panel discussion about cultural opportunities for underserved populations at an Arts & Science Council Board Retreat
    • In 2015, Carolina Room Archivist Hannah Cox was appointed to Society of NC Archivists board (Press Release)
    • In 2015, Library Trustee Ed Williams was appointed to NC State Library Commission (Press Release)
    • In 2015, Teen Librarian Kelly Czarnecki was selected as one of seven "content experts" for a new online resource, Teen Programming HQ (Read More)
    • In 2015, Librarian Marie Harris received a STEM Fellowship (Read More)


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