The Board of Directors of Friends of Georgia Libraries is honored to announce this year’s winners of the Awards and Author Appearance Grant.
Author Appearance Grant: Friends of Peachtree City Library
The author event will be, “Historical Fiction and More,” scheduled hopefully in the fall, featuring Georgia author Lynn Cullen. Winner of the 2020 Georgia Author Lifetime Achievement Award, Ms. Cullen has written several award winning books; most recently, The Sisters of Summit Avenue (2019). Ms. Cullen often focuses on little-known women from the past and the event will feature slides, as she discusses her method of making fascinating, but little known historic facts and people into good historic fiction.
“Fabulous Friends” Award: Forsyth County Public Library Friends and Advocates
This award honors the Friends group that has accomplished outstanding advocacy/support for their library. This year’s the award goes to Forsyth County Public Library Friends and Advocates (“FCPLFA”). Since 2012, when its first bookstore opened, FCPLFA has generated $306,648 for the Forsyth County Public Library. This has been possible through the dedicated work of more than 100 volunteers. Due to these efforts an array of projects have been funded, including: early literacy computer stations; enhancements to the library’s collections; adult computer classes; a community reading initiative. and personalized services to all patrons. FCPLFA’s funding of the Summer Reading Fun programs has enabled the library to hire professional performers and provide prize books and other incentives that has increased participation and enthusiasm among children and teens; In addition to being a fabulous friends group to the library, for the past two years, FCPLFA has worked with the library to provide more than 3,400 used books to inmates at Forsyth County Jail; juvenile and teen books to the Forsyth Juvenile Court; and books to the local emergency shelter for teenage girls when they attend a program at the library. FCPLFA is under the leadership of Jodie Barger, President.
“Best Friend” Award: Mrs. Doris Tilly
The “Best Friend” Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to strengthen Georgia’s libraries through advocacy and supportive efforts. This year’s winner, nominated by Friends of the Libraries of Towns County (“FOLTC”), has been a strong advocate for the Towns County libraries for over twenty-five years. In 1996 Mrs. Tilly saw the need to organize a local Friends group and brought together twenty-five individuals in Towns County to participate as members of the initial Friends group. Mrs. Tilley was elected to serve as its first president and has since held every office that one could hold in this organization, along with working every year at book sales. She help to establish the butterfly garden at the entrance of the Mountain Regional Library in Young Harris and, in 2005, Mrs. Tilly represented FOLTC at the first general membership meeting of FOGL. When Mountain regional Library was being remodeled in 2016, Mrs. Tilley made a substantial donation that made possible the completion and furnishing of the Children’s Room. In 2021, the tireless efforts of this remarkable lady will be marked by the 25th Anniversary celebration of FCPLFA’s founding.
Congratulations to each of our winners!