FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 25, 2013
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
Pam Stauffacher, Concord Public Library
Ann Hoey named Yates Award winner
Ann Hoey, youth services librarian at the New Hampshire State Library, has been named 2013 Elizabeth Yates Award winner by the Concord Public Library Foundation.
The Elizabeth Yates Award was begun in 1994 to honor an individual in the greater Concord area who is actively engaged in inspiring young people to read. It was named after Concord resident, children's author and Newbery Medal winner Elizabeth Yates, who was a strong advocate of reading and who supported library programs in the Concord community during her lifetime. She was the award’s first recipient.
Hoey was selected as this year’s winner due to her outstanding dedication to support children’s library services, which is demonstrated through her work with both public and school libraries across the state. Her knowledge, enthusiasm and encouragement have provided the tools for librarians to motivate children to read.
“Children’s librarians are truly unsung heroes in our communities, finding ways to get even the most reluctant readers excited about ways that books can enrich their lives,” said Hoey. “It’s an honor to help them with this important work.”
In addition to receiving an award certificate, Hoey’s name was added to the Elizabeth Yates Award plaque in the Children’s Room. She will also assist in the selection of $500.00 worth of children’s books for the Concord Public Library.
For more information about the Elizabeth Yates Award, please call (603) 225-8670.