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Friends of Henderson Libraries Wins Baker & Taylor Award

The Friends of Henderson Libraries won the annual Baker & Taylor Award from the American Library Association in the category “Friends groups without paid staff.”

As one of several Friends associations nationwide to apply for the Baker & Taylor Awards, the Henderson-based organization not only won the award and national recognition, but a check for $1,000. The group’s application focused on Library Tree Lane, one of the key annual fundraising events, and emphasized the culmination of two years of raising funds for the collection of pre-school books for the newly opened Green Valley Library.

The award presentation will be made at the American Library Association annual conference this week in Chicago. Bethany Lafferty, assistant branch manager at the Green Valley Library, will accept the award on behalf of Friends of the Henderson Libraries.

The Baker & Taylor Awards recognizes Friends groups for efforts in supporting their public, academic and school libraries. Awards are given for a specific project culminating in the year prior to application, or based on the full scope of the group’s activities during that year. The applications were judged on five key elements: planning, implementation, evaluation, innovation and community involvement.

The Friends of Henderson Libraries values libraries as centers of lifelong learning and leisure. Friends contribute money and/or time to support library services and programs. The Friends of Henderson Libraries has had an ongoing partnership with the Henderson libraries since 1999, and has financially and publicly supported the programs and collections of Henderson Libraries through charitable and educational activities.

Established in 1943 as a single library in Downtown Henderson, Henderson Libraries operates five locations throughout Henderson and plans to open one more within the Heritage Park Senior Center, slated to open this summer. Henderson Libraries cooperates with other public libraries in Southern Nevada, the Nevada System of Higher Education, the Clark County School District and all other libraries around the state to provide quality service for Nevada’s residents.

For more information on Henderson Libraries and its many services, visit mypubliclibrary.com or call 702-492-7252.

For more information on the Friends of Henderson Libraries and the Baker & Taylor Award, visit hdplfriends.org or call 702-492-6592.