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West Virginia Library Commission Announces 2019 Award Winners

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The West Virginia Library Commission is pleased to announce the winners of its 2019 Librarian of the Year and Library Champion awards. The awards recognize librarians and library volunteers who have made exceptional contributions to libraries and library life in West Virginia.

Nancy Moore, the director of the Five Rivers Public Library in Parsons, WV, is the recipient of the 2019 WVLC Librarian of the Year award. Nancy has worked at the Five Rivers Library for more than 25 years and was honored for her role in improving the library’s computer access capabilities and DVD, audiobook, and magazine collections. Ms. Moore was also cited for her leadership in bringing major library programs, such as the Family Resource Network, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and the WV Read Aloud project, to Tucker County patrons. In addition, she has been instrumental in major renovations made to the library building over the past two decades.

The WVLC is also honoring supporters of public libraries with its 2019 Library Champions award. The award is designed to recognize individuals, such as trustees, local officials, volunteers, and patrons, who promoted public libraries in West Virginia in the past year. The 2019 winners of the award are Anne Silbernagel of Kanawha County, Betty Dransfield of Monroe County, and The Friends of the Sutton Public Library from Braxton County.

A third-generation library advocate and current Kanawha County Public Library Board of Trustees member, Anne Silbernagel was a leading proponent of restoring library service to Clendenin after its library was destroyed in the devastating floods of 2016. The Clendenin branch reopened in 2018. She is also a founding member of the Friends of the Library Foundation and has been a tireless supporter of library fund-raising campaigns in Kanawha County.

A recently retired Board of Trustees member of the Monroe County Public Library, Betty Dransfield has worked for decades to improve the library experience for patrons in Union. From delivering books to schools in the 1960s to leading the charge for a new library building in the 1980s, Betty Dransfield has long been at the forefront of improving library service in Monroe County.

Formed in 2003, the Friends of the Sutton Public Library has been an integral part of the library’s success for 16 years. Originally, the group served as the main fund-raising organization for a new library building, which opened its doors in 2008. Currently, the group helps manage the library’s summer reading program and provides support for other programs through annual fund-raising campaigns.

“Our 2019 award winners exemplify the Library Commission’s goal to make all libraries in the state places where you can Explore, Discover, and Create,” said WVLC Executive Secretary Karen Goff. “Congratulations to each of the winners for their exceptional contributions to West Virginia libraries in 2018.”

The 2019 award winners were honored at a West Virginia Library Association ceremony on February 04, 2019 at the Culture Center on State Capitol grounds.

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