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We congratulate the 2016 CPLA Award Winners! These individuals or groups have demonstrated outstanding dedication and action in support of California Libraries.

The awardees will be honored at a dinner on Friday, November 4 beginning at 7 pm at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento (1209 L St, Sacramento, 95814) in the Hyatt Ballrooms A and B. YOU are invited to join us for a special evening where you will get to hear their stories that are sure to inspire.

If you are not planning to register/attend the conference you can still attend and support the winners! Award Gala tickets can be purchased for $55.00 by emailing: by October 16. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Congratulations to:

Friends of the Library or Foundation Board Member
Mary Ellen Shay (Sacramento) and Nancy Harray (Monterey County)

Librarian for outstanding work
Hillary Theyer (Torrance)

Community Organization
Advocates for Library Enhancement Mandy Walters and Miranda Lomeli-OReilly (Kern County)

Elected Local, State or Federal Official from California
Malibu City Council

Special award recognition
Regina Powers (Anaheim School District)

Legislator Award
Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco

Presidents Award
Helen McAlary and Shawn Thrasher (Ontario City Library)


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Congratulations to the 2015 CPLA Awardees!

Click here for a sneak peek from the awards dinner held on Thursday, November 5 at the Pasadena Convention Center.

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