Judith Wright, Acting Director of the Homewood Public Library, receives the Outstanding Youth Services Award at the 2022 Alabama Library Association Annual Convention. This award is given to a children’s, youth, or school librarian or paralibrarian who has gone above and beyond in providing customers with an innovative, creative, and diverse library program that supports customer learning and growth.
Wright was hired as a teen librarian in 2014. During her tenure, she grew the program from one or two events a month to a regular offering of more than a dozen events ranging from prep ACT to self-defense classes to anime clubs and sushi. -manufacturing. She selected materials for the Teen collection that covered a variety of viewpoints and identities. She was awarded a NASA @ My Library grant to expand STEM programming and a Great Stories Club grant from the American Library Association to provide a book club at Homewood High School for minority women. She formed personal bonds with the teenagers she served, allowing them to be themselves and encouraging them in their endeavors.
During the nomination process, several local teenagers wrote letters of support for Wright’s nomination. Vivian Laslo, a member of the library’s teen advisory board, wrote, “Mrs. Judith never fails to make the library a fun and welcoming place. Every time we bump into each other she says hello or gives me a wonderful book recommendation. All the effort she puts into teen events really makes a difference. Every program she creates is fun, educational, and something teens will definitely want to do. She even created programs for homeschooled kids, like me, to do during regular school hours. When the library gave out bonus bags of books, Mrs. Judith provided me with excellent novels that she had chosen, based on what I had read and enjoyed. It was such a pleasant surprise, especially in times of COVID-19, that someone took the time to do something nice for me.
Gabby Bass-Butler, who works in the children’s department at Homewood Library, first met Wright when she joined the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) in 2014. the library, but I will say that during my teenage years I developed a greater love for it and a lot of that is due to Judith’s passion and dedication to the library. Just by spending a few moments around her, you can tell she really has a heart for what she does,” Bass-Butler shared in her letter of support for Wright’s nomination.
Judith Wright will receive the Outstanding Youth Services Award at the 2022 Alabama Library Association Convention in Montgomery on Sunday, July 31 during the President’s Program.
–Sent by Laura Tucker