Library of Michigan
May 2, 2018
LANSING – Three librarians; a longtime library advocate; and a library itself are recipients of the 2018 awards for small and rural libraries in Michigan.
The Library of Michigan (LM) announced the recipients of the Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Libraries Conference Awards at a ceremony Monday in Traverse City. It’s Michigan’s pre-eminent, bi-annual conference for small and rural libraries, bringing together more than 500 library staff members for three days of workshops, speakers and exhibits.
Here are the award recipients:
Library Director Hope Siasoco, said, “Linda has been an integral part of our library’s history and has continued to show her dedication by sharing her time, talent, creativity and resources with the library.”
Mindykowski started working in libraries in his senior year in high school and now serves as the director of a library, where he has had a huge impact on his community and nearby libraries. The Tahquamenon Area Public Library provides a wealth of programming opportunities for teens, including teen writing workshops and a healthy “Summer Step Challenge” with a Lord of the Rings-themed contest, between staff and patrons, to see who could reach Mount Mordor first and keep peace in Middle Earth. He also is a beloved staple of continuing education for other library staffers in Michigan.
Semifero also began her long library career in high school as a page in Waterford Township. Her long history of service to the library community includes teaching Reference and Young Adult Literature for the Wayne State University Library and Information Science Program as an Adjunct Faculty member. She co-chaired the Amelia Bloomer Project at the American Library Association and was selected as a Public Library Association Leadership Academy Fellow in 2015.
She has served as the director of Marshall District Library for seven years and was the Athena Award winner for 2014 as well as the Marshall DAR Pillar Award winner for 2015. She also has a long history of statewide collaboration with the Michigan Library Association and the Library of Michigan.
In 2017, the library received an environmental initiative grant of more than $22,000 from the Laura Musser Fund and it has been working with the MSU Extension and local groups to develop a Reading Garden and Book Trail. Additionally, the library was selected by the Michigan Humanities Council to host the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit in 2018.
Nominations are solicited during each conference year and an awards committee, made up of members of the library community, staff and board members, select the recipients.
The Library of Michigan Foundation generously supports the Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Libraries Conference through administration of Loleta Fyan funds. Fyan served as State Librarian from 1941 to 1961. During her 20-year tenure, the number of Michigan citizens without library service was halved by her efforts to build strong cooperative and regional library systems through the state.
The conference also is supported by the Library of Michigan with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.