It was a banner night for Library Director Libby Holtmann and the Plano Public Library staff at the May 23 City Council meeting. “Each of these awards highlight how Plano Public Library supports the City’s commitment to serve by providing high-quality services and engaging opportunities for the community,” said Mayor John B. Muns.
Before calling Holtmann to the podium to accept three awards, he commended the department for making the most of their resources and for continuing their cutting-edge approach to meet patrons’ needs.” Library’s latest honors include:
Texas Library Association Texas Youth Creators AwardMembers of the Library’s Teen Street Program joined Holtmann in accepting the prize. The Teen Street team is a voluntary group. They earned this state award for a video they presented to the Texas Library Association.
Texas Library Association Branding Iron AwardLibrary staff and board members were on hand to accept the award with Holtmann. This accolade honors libraries for creative and inspiring work in the promotion of programs and services. “We were recognized for our work in the fundraising, annual report and strategic plan category.” This is based on Plano Library’s submission of the 2021 Annual Report that showcased their community impact. It’s the 10th time Plano has received this award.
Demco/Upstart Innovation Programming AwardIssued by the Texas Library Association, this accolade recognizes libraries for creating innovative programs that other organizations can easily adapt and replicate for the communities they serve. “During COVID we created Make-it Take-it Kits for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. This is why we won the award,” Holtmann said. This is a huge state honor which comes with $1,000.
Congrats to Plano Public Library staff and volunteers!