Children's or Youth Services Librarian of the Year Award

The Children's or Youth Services Librarian of the Year Award (formerly called Children’s Librarian of the Year award, and prior to that the Children's Services Merit Award) is given to honour a children's librarian who has made a positive impact on children's or youth services librarianship.

To apply: Complete the online nomination form by April 30
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2017 Award Recipient


Julie Brandl

London Public Library

Julie's passion for children's and youth services is infectious and her commitment to the field is extraordinary. The total number of years combined that she has served on Children's and Youth Services committees in our library system, our city, and beyond is 68 years. This includes serving on committees at Child Reach, London Festival of Trees, CYSC at LPL, TVNNELP, the Early Years, Family Centres, the Child and Youth Network, London's Healthy Kids Community Challenge, and many more. She has an amazing ability to connect with her colleagues, with the students she teaches, with community partners, with parents, and of course, with children. Julie has taught me so much about children's and youth services and how important these are for healthy and happy communities, she has led by example by always going above and beyond, she has exemplified true compassion for children and youth in our community through her unwavering commitment and genuine emotion, and she has given myself and many others the confidence we needed to sing in front of a room full of children or speak in front of a group of parents. Julie is such an inspiration. Megan Paquette, London Public Library

2016 Award Recipient


Carolyn Swayze

Arnprior Public Library

Carolyn is the epitome of a community librarian with a bright, creative personality and a never ending stream of imaginative ideas for programming, partnerships and promotion. Over the past five years, Carolyn has expanded the children’s collection, offered a variety of innovative new programs for various age groups – from babies to teens, and responded to meet youth library needs in our growing community. Carolyn is eager to share knowledge with peers and has served as the coordinator of the Eastern Ontario Children’s Services Networking Group for several years.