Advocacy in Action:
Excellence in Children's or Teen Services Award

This award is to honour excellent library staff working with children or youth. The award can be given to an individual or group. It can be a service-based project, a unique program, a community partnership, an outreach endeavor or an advocacy effort that you feel should be recognized and celebrated.

To apply: Complete the online nomination form by March 15 each year.
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2018 Award Recipient


Christy Giesler

Story Sheroes Program, Kitchener Public Library

Story Sheroes helps girls better navigate their world through reading, writing, and creating art, poetry and stories.  Story Sheroes encourages the exploration of meaningful topics in a safe environment, with the goal for each program to celebrate newfound awareness and creativity in a publication that is shared with the community. First offered in the fall of 2015 in partnership with the KW YWCA, Kitchener Public Library's Children's and Teen Collections Librarian Christy Giesler worked alongside staff from the KW YWCA to develop and deliver girl-positive creative programming, supported by access to the library's resources.
Story Sheroes was evaluated and celebrated as a tremendous success by parents and participants, helping young teen girls develop confidence and self-acceptance as they explore art and story telling.  Now a Kitchener Public Library program, Christy Giesler continues to develop and run the program.   The successes continue, with nine consecutive programs filled to capacity, where girls discover their own identity and learn to express themselves more confidently. Lesa Balch, Kitchener Public Library

2017 Award Recipient


Laura LaFleshe

Barrie Public Library

Laura is deeply committed to the promotion of childhood literacy and her work with the Homeschool Pilot Project can attest to this. Through her homeschool project and with the homeschool community, Laura has demonstrated advocacy for children's life-long learning, aligning her plan with the library's mission to "enrich our community" by identifying the needs and interests of the community and providing the best programming possible through consultation with parents and children. Community-led means reaching out and letting the community know you are there, and because of Laura's pilot project, the homeschool community feels more involved with the library. Laura has truly demonstrated the skills of a library advocate for children's learning and supporting their parents in this process. Chantale Boileau, Barrie Public Library