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Visionary Service Award

The CAYAS Visionary Service Award recognizes an individual who, through practice and example, provides inspiration and leadership for others who serve children and young adults in libraries. May work in a public, school or special library. May acknowledge cumulated efforts over several years in the field of library service to youth, or may be a singular and exceptional effort that sets new standards for practice. This award will bring attention to the remarkable and tireless efforts of all individuals who work with young people in libraries.

Nominations are sought annually in May and June.

Award Winners

2019: Heidi Bush, Teacher Librarian, Northshore Middle School
2018: Thom Barthelmess, Youth Services Manager, Whatcom County Library System
2017: Kendra Jones, District Manager – Youth and Family Services, Timberland Regional Library
2016: Gwendolyn Haley and Mary Ellen Braks, Library Service Managers, Spokane County Library District
2015: Jerene Battisti, Teen Services Coordinator, King County Library System
2014: Jeani Littrell-Kwik, Bellevue School District
2013: Shannon Peterson, Kitsap Regional Library
2012: Jose Garcia, King County Library System
2011: Margaret Martin, Mercer Island Library
2010: Jan Hanson, Longview Public Library
2009: Robbin Price, Tillicum Middle School
2008: Whitney Edwards
2007: Sandy Zell
2006: Cecilia McGowan
2005: Sally Grant
2004: Linda Ernst
2003: Nancy Stewart
2002: Judy Nelson
2001: Mary Palmer
2000: Susan Madden
1999: Evie Wilson-Lingbloom
1998: Eva Lusk
1997: Judy Gann