LA County Library named the 2019 Library of the Year
National Award from Gale and Library Journal
May 28, 2019
LA County Library has been named Library of the Year by Gale and the national magazine Library Journal. This prestigious award celebrates the library system that most profoundly demonstrates: service to the community; creativity and innovation in developing community-specific programs; and leadership in creating programs that can be emulated by other libraries.
This is the third honor LA County Library has received in the past 12 months from Library Journal following wins for 2019 Librarian of the Year and 2018 Marketer of the Year. LA County Library is the first organization ever to win both Library of the Year and Librarian of the Year in the same calendar year, and the first organization to win all 3 awards and be featured on the magazine’s cover 3 times in less than a year.
LA County Library strives to create a library that provides services for everyone within Los Angeles County. The Library’s collection is always growing – digitally and in print – programming is ever changing to meet community needs, and the Library is finding new and innovative ways to engage with its customers – you!
Please visit your local library and congratulate the staff for this award – it wouldn’t be possible without them.
LA County Library Foundation is hosting a celebration event at Manhattan Beach Library on Saturday, June 29 at 5 pm. Enjoy a fun night with activities for the whole family – with live music and refreshments.
LA County Library will also be hosting events at its community libraries on June 26 – more details coming soon!
(For more information about the Library of the Year, click here)
Mellon Foundation Awards $100K Grant to LA County Library Foundation for Claremont Helen Renwick Library
Grant will fund arts enrichment and new books for kids & teens
May 1, 2019
LA County Library Foundation is the recipient of a $100,000 Presidential Initiatives grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in honor of Claremont native Dr. Danielle Allen, the former past chair of the Mellon’s Board of Trustees. The funds will enable Claremont Helen Renwick Library to enhance the Children’s and Teen materials collection, and to establish the Danielle Allen Creative Cultivation Project at Claremont Helen Renwick Library. This project will fund arts enrichment programming for children and teens at Claremont Helen Renwick Library over a five-year period. LA Opera’s performance of German Opera Tales on Monday, May 13, 2019, at 3:30 pm, kicks off the programming.
Library Giving Day 2019 - YOU DID IT!
April 10, 2019
Your gift helped meet – and exceed – LA County Library Foundation’s $10,000 matching gift challenge on the first-ever national Library Giving Day!
The Foundation raises funds to strengthen and support LA County Library. Success is only possible with generous donors like you.
With your support, you are enriching your community with library services like homework help and tutoring, school readiness and early literacy programs, parenting tips, job training, Adult 101 for teens, STEAM learning and fun, resources for veterans and immigrants, and more.
LA County Library is a finalist – the only California library system!
March 11, 2019
The Institute of Museum and Library Services—the federal agency that provides library and museum grants, policy development, and research—announced yesterday that LA County Library is among its 30 National Medal Finalists for 2019, and one of 15 libraries. This is the Library’s second year in a row being nominated. We are one of three California institutions to have been selected as a 2019 finalist, and the only California library system.
The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities.
For 25 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
IMLS will feature LA County Library on their Facebook and Twitter pages on March 15, and we encourage you to share how LA County Library has impacted your life. To participate you can visit the IMLS social media pages (see links above) on March 15 and comment on their post, or you can post anytime between now and April 22 on your own timeline. We ask that you include #IMLSmedals and tag us @LACountyLibrary.
Head LA County Library Director Skye Patrick Named 2019 Librarian of the Year by Library Journal
Skye Patrick Recognized for Her Role in Breaking Down Barriers, Increasing Access, and Embracing Technology and Marketing in the Library
December 24, 2018
Skye Patrick joined LA County Library in February 2016, with ambitions to champion change and position the Library as a center of learning accessible to all residents of Los Angeles County. She’s done just that, and so much more, as made clear by her award of 2019 Librarian of the Year from Library Journal.
Since joining LA County Library, one of the largest library systems in the US, Patrick has focused on breaking down barriers and increasing access for all customers. Embracing the unique communities that the Library serves, she launched the iCount equity initiative, ensuring the Library makes a conscious effort in designing programs that address the needs of its diverse residents.
“It is a great honor to be recognized by Library Journal, one of the industry’s most reputable publications,” said Patrick. “This is not only a recognition for me but also a recognition for the entire LA County Library team. They work so hard and are committed to providing the best service to our customers; without the support of our staff, I would not be able to achieve what I have set out to do.”
To support the innovative programming at the Library, Patrick expanded service hours by over 15,000 hours across 75 library locations without incurring additional costs. Under her leadership, the Library introduced award-winning programs such as The Great Read Away, Turns the Tables DJ workshops, and MākMō maker mobiles.
Patrick also established a Marketing team—which was awarded 2018 Marketer of the Year by Library Journal—with the goal of improving the Library’s promotional efforts and creating awareness of the myriad of services the Library offers.
Patrick is also instrumental to bringing in over $30M in grant funding for expanding and improving Library programming and services through partnerships. Understanding the importance of technology, Patrick worked to meet customer needs by improving the Library’s information technology infrastructure.
“Libraries are important to the wellbeing of communities,” said Patrick. “I am committed to seeking creative and innovative ways to offer Library services that help improve the quality of our customers' lives.”