Posted December 11, 2020
GPPL Wins Award
One of 8 Libraries to Win
OrangeBoy, Inc., a leading consultancy for public libraries and provider of Savannah®, the Community Engagement Platform built exclusively for libraries, announced today that Grosse Pointe Public Library was selected as one of eight public libraries across the United States to receive the 2020 Opie Award.
Winners were selected from across the country by an independent board of library leaders who evaluated proposals submitted by applicants outlining inspiring or innovative ideas designed to further support the communities served by each library.
“This award from Orange Boy will help us achieve one of our Strategic Plan goals of getting a library card in the hands of at least 70% of the community we serve,” said Jessica Keyser, Library Director. “In this challenging time, our patrons need the Library’s resources more than ever.”
OrangeBoy announced in October a $10,000 pool for award grants would be available in 2020 but increased this amount after receiving a high number of innovative proposals. Grants awarded this cycle more than doubled the original pool, totaling $22,500.
“The Evaluation Committee was very impressed by the Grosse Pointe Public Library proposal,” said OrangeBoy founder Clark Swanson. “We are excited to support the Library’s goal of growing its cardholder community through direct outreach efforts with this year’s Opie Award and grant, and look forward to continued positive impact the Library will make in the community.”
2020 Opie Award recipients:
- Cedar Park Public Library – Cedar Park, Texas – www.cedarparktexas.gov/departments/library
- Elkhart Public Library – Elkhart, Indiana – www.myepl.org
- Glendale Library, Arts & Culture – Glendale, California - www.glendaleca.gov/government/departments/library-arts-culture
- Grosse Pointe Public Library – Grosse Pointe, Michigan – www.grossepointelibrary.org
- Missouri River Regional Library – Jefferson City, Missouri – www.mrrl.org
- Pioneer Library System – Norman, Oklahoma – www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
- Saint Joseph County Public Library – South Bend, Indiana – www.sjcpl.org
- Whitefish Bay Public Library – Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin – www.wfblibrary.org