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In the fall of 2008, a CAL Awards Task Force was organized to revise the list of awards. The Task Force was able to reduce the number of awards that the CAL Awards Committee selects from 19 to 11. Winners of past awards are included here. 

Unsung Hero Award

2017 Karen Neville
2016 Darlene Kilpatrick, Red Feather Lakes Community Library
Mark Noble, Marmot Library Network
2014 Robin Gard, Poudre River Library District
Chris Brogan, Chief Financial Officer, Pueblo City-County Library District

Mike Varnet, Chief Financial Officer, Pikes Peak Library District
Eric Sisler, Westminster Public Library

Heidi Baker, Colorado Association of School Libraries
Susan Oakes, Denver Public Library


Colorado Librarian of the Year

2017 Linda Hofschire
2016 Judith Anderson, Longmont Public Library
2015 Sarah McNeil, Denver Public Library


Peter Derk, High Plains Library District
Claudine Perrault, Estes Valley Library District
Amelia Shelly, Garfield County Library District


Beatrice Gerrish, Library Media Specialist, Monarch High School
Mary Stansbury, PH.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Library and Information Science Program, University of Denver


Becky Johnson, Teacher Librarian, East Middle School
Jimmy Thomas, Executive Director, Marmot Library Network


Pam Sandlian Smith, Anythink Libraries
Michelle Jeske, Denver Public Library


Library Advocate Award

2017 National Center for the Interactive Learning at the
Space Science Institute
2016 Rochelle Logan, Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL)
2015 Teri Switzer, Kraemer Family Library, Univ. of Colo, Colo. Springs
2014 Friends of the Library, Pueblo City-County Library District
Pat Wagner, Pattern Research, Inc.
Lietenant Governor Joe Garcia
Tom & Alice Atkins, Save Jeffco Libraries
2010 (Library Research Service)

Fred Beisser, Elbert County Library District
Dave Sanger, Denver Public Schools
Dr. Kathleen Smith, Cherry Creek High School


Library Community Partnership Award

2017  Golden Library, Bell Middle School, and Colorado School of Mines DECTech
2016 Magdalena King, Antlers & Condos at Vail
2015 Ric Morgan, VPC Clinics, Rampart Library District
2014 1st Grade Library Field Trip Program, Montrose Regional Library District, Montrose Rotary Club,
Altrusa International of Montrose, Montrose County School District
2013 One Book 4 Colorado Project, Colorado State Library - Lt. Governor Joesph Garcia -
Reach Out and Read Colorado - Denver Preschool Program - Serve Colorado

Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity & Golden Library
Poudre Valley Health Systems-Healthy Kids Club

Colorado State Library's Institutional Library Development Team
CDOC Business Technologies
EOS International

Poudre River Public Library
Austin's American Grill


Library Project of the Year

2017 Marmot Digital Archive
2016 Debbie Lininger, Colorado State Park Pass Project
2015 AspenCat, CLiC

ReadCon, High Plains Library District
Expansion of Services for Children and Teens in the Autisum Spectrum, Longmont Public Library
2013 Explore Your World Summertime Badge Quest, Montrose Regional Library District

Public Computing Centers Project/Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP), Colorado State Library
Red Hawk Elementary Bookstore Model Library Project, St. Vrain Valley School District
CR3 Project Team, Denver Public Library
Naturita Community Library
PLINKIT, Colorado State Library


Colorado Library of the Year

2017 Colorado Talking Book Library
2016 Boulder Public Library
2015 Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch, Denver Public Library
Pikes Peak Library District
Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Learning Center, Colorado Supreme Court Library
Silver Creek High School Library
Sydne Dean, Associate Director of Public Services, Pikes Peak Library District
Mary Anne Hanson-Wilcox
Joel Robinson


Career Achievement Award

2017 James F. Williams II, University of Colorado
2016 Betty Rathe, University of Northern Colorado
2015 Carol Edwards, Denver Public Library
2014 Kathy Knox, Pueblo City-County Library District
Jamie LaRue, Director, Douglas County Libraries

Maria DeHerrera, Director, Conjos County Library District
Valerie Horton, Executive Director, Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC)


Outstanding Library Volunteer

2017  Tammy Fross, Douglas County Libraries
2016 Roby Sherman, Denver Public Library 
2015 Emily Brooks, Westminster Public Library
2014 Jordan Muggli, Colorado Talking Book Library

Sandy Merritt, Red Feather Lakes Mountain Library District
Larry Shriner, Douglas County Libraries

Terri Sullivan, Poudre River Public Library District
Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library Science Task Force - Led by Jim Morgan

Mary Arnold, Cardinal Stafford Library
Barbara McCabe, Cardinal Stafford Library
Patrene Rice, Mesa County Public Library


Jean Maio Award for Excellence in Adult Literacy

2017 Buell Foundation
2016 Jacob Browne, Jefferson County Public Library 
2014 The Literacy Center of Mesa County Libraries
Cindy Welsh, Outreach Librarian, High Plains Library District
Martha Fredendall and Literacy Outreach, Garfield County Public Library District


Lucy Schweers Award for Excellence in Paralibrarianship

2016 Brandon Mares, Assistant Librarian/Museum Assistant, Cañon City Public Library/
Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center
Hannah Martinez, Anythink Libraries
2014 Elizabeth von Tauffkirchen, Pine River Library District
Karol Sacca, Garfield County Public Library District
Pam Benton, Douglas County Libraries
Lynda Hoffmann, Colorado State University
Ruby Nugent, University of Colorado's Health Sciences
2008 Eva Anderson
2006 Diane Ellsworth, Colorado State University Libraries
2004 Lynda Lillwitz, The Children's Hospital Medical Library, Denver
2003  Kathleen Sagee Noland, Colorado Association of Libraries, Englewood 
2000 Shannon Cruthers
1999  Teresa Strasner
1997 Jennifer Kutzik 
1996  Z. Oreada Mitchell 
1995  Patty DeGrasse 
1993  Gwendolyn Henderson
1990  Stephany Liptak 
1988  Lucy Schweers


Presidential Award

2017 Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC)
2016 Mike Varnet, Pikes Peak Library District
2015 Kari May
2014 Elena Rosenfeld, High Plains Library District
Eugene Hainer, Colorado State Library
Valerie Horton
Rochelle Logan
Nicolle Steffen

Elena Rosenfeld
Sharon Morris
Janine Reid


Legislative Award

2017 Colorado Representative Leslie Herod
2016 Colorado Representative Crisanta Duran 
Colorado Representative Millie Hamner
2014 Colorado Representative Crisanta Duran
Colorado State Senator Pat Steadman
Colorado State Senator Pat Steadman


Excellence in Youth Services

2017  Read Aloud Program, Denver Public Library
 Cori Jackamore, Denver Public Library
SPELL (Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries) program

Becky Van Den Berg, Pine River Library

CLEL, Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy
Marcia Vining, Ignacio Community Library


 Outstanding Trustee Award

2017 Sandy King, Rampart Library District 
2016 Lisa Snyder, Arapahoe Libraries
2015 Bill Lamont, Garfield County Library


Winners from Past Award Lists (2002 - 2008)
In the fall of 2008, a CAL Awards Task Force was organized to revise the list of awards. The Task Force was able to reduce the number of awards that the CAL Awards Committee selects from 19 to 11. Winners of past awards are included here. 

Adult Services
2008 - Renee Robbins, Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility

Career Achievement
2008 - Terry Pickens, former Director of Mesa County Public Library District
2007 - Keith Curry Lance, Library Research Service (LRS)
2006 - Leslie Manning, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
2005 - Nancy M. Bolt, Retired, Colorado State Library
2004 - John Campbell, Retired, Pathfinder Regional Library Service
2003 - Eloise May, Director, Arapahoe Library District
2002 - Gail Dow - Retired, Denver Public Library

Children's Services
2008 - Maxine Curley, Mesa County Public Library Services

Colorado Librarian of the Year
2008 - Yvonne Miller, Sagewood Middle School, Douglas County School District
2007 - Barb Brattin, Wilkinson Public Library
2004 - Sherry Crow, Colorado Springs School District 11
2003 - Richard Lee and the staff of the Pueblo City-County Library District

Colorado Library of the Year
2008 - Monument Branch, Pikes Peak Library District
2005 - Grand County Library District
2004 - Dolores Public Library, Dolores

Distinguished Service - Citizen
2002 - Sally Maguire - Douglas Public Library District

Distinguished Service - Library personnel
2006 - Robin Satterwhite - Tutt Library, Colorado College
2003 - Donna Jones Morris, Arkansas Regional Library Service System, Pueblo
2002 - Jody Howard - Adams 12, Thornton

Exemplary Library Media Center Program
2007 - Maureen Arredondo - Denison Montessori Media Center
2005 - Sherrie Galloway - Mt. Garfield Middle School, Mesa County Valley School District #51, Grand Junction
2004 - Cappi Castro - DeBeque School District, DeBeque
2002 - Barb Linnenbrink Challenger Middle School, District #20

Exemplary Library Services to Diverse Populations
2008 - The Fort Collins Regional Library District
2007 - Denver Public Library - Tu biblioteca hoy/Your Library Today
2005 - Aurora Public Library's Headstart Outreach Project

Exemplary Library Services to Ethnic Populations
2004 - Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs
2003 - Phyllis Larison - Bemis Public Library
2002 - Mesa County Public Library District - Grand Junction

Harold Hill Leadership
2002 - Sheryl Crow - District 11

Jean Maio Award for Excellence in Adult Literacy
2008 - Parent and Child Literacy Project at Sheridan Library, Arapahoe Library District
2007 - LitSource Program - Pikes Peak Library District, Sherrill Wyeth, Coordinator
2004 - Mesa County Public Library District, Grand Junction - Adult Reading Program
2002 - Mesa County Public Library District - Grand Junction

Julie J. Boucher Intellectual Freedom Award - Library Category
2004 - Weld Library District Board of Trustees, Greeley
2003 - Sydne Caler, Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs

Julie J. Boucher Intellectual Freedom Award - Community Honor Roll
2004 - Diane Carman, Denver Post, Denver
2003 - Longmont Citizens for Justice and Democracy, Longmont
2002 - Joyce Meskis, The Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver

Legislative Award
2008 - John "Jack" Pommer, Colorado State Representative, District 11
2007 - Maryanne "Moe" Keller - Colorado State Senate Dist. 20
2006 - Bernie Buescher - House District 55 (Grand Junction)
2005 - Sen. Abel J. Tapia from Pueblo
2004 - Keith King, Representative - District 21, 2004 Majority Leader & 2005 Speaker of the House
2004 - Brad Young, Representative - District 64, 2004 Joint Budget Committee Chair
2003 - Bruce Cairns, Senator; Nancy Spence, Representative; Mark Larson, Representative; Michael Merrifield, Representative; Bob Lackner, Legislation bill drafter; Karen Stroup, Legislative support staff

Library Benefactor Award
2007 - Carol McMurry - Juniper Library in Grand Lake
2004 - Friends of the Aurora Public Library, Aurora
2003 - Mrs. Douglas Buck

Library Collaboration
2008 - Elbert County Library District and Elbert School District

Library Design
2008 - klipp, designer of Erie and Firestone Libraries
2008 - High Plains Library District

Library Partner Award
2008 - Sally Grahn and Barbara Werner, partners with Nederland Community Library to create "Opera for Everyone"
2007 - Grand County Blues Society
2006 - Kids Connect (Sheridan)
2004 - Mike Crawford, Littleton

Literary Award
2002 - Rebecca Lenzini and George Machovec for The Charleston Advisor, Denver

Media Award
2004 - John Gleason, Centennial Citizen, Centennial
2003 - The Mountain Radio KQMT 99.5, Denver

Outstanding School Administrator
2008 - Gwen Giddens, Director of Learning Resource Services, Colorado Springs School District 11
2007 - Kevin Carroll - Dunstan Middle School in Jefferson County
2006 - Sandy Patton - Colorado Springs School District 11
2005 - Sam Aldern - Beattie Elementary School, Poudre School District, Ft. Collins
2004 - Patricia Slaughter, Principal, Rachael B. Noel Middle School, Denver
2002 - Kevin Carroll, Zerger Elementary School, JeffCo

Outstanding School Library
2008 - Cherry Creek High School Library Tech Center, Cherry Creek School District #5

Outstanding Citizen
2003 - Calvin Otto - Pikes Peak Library District

Outstanding Library Board Member
2008 - Margery Curtiss - High Plains Library District
2007 - Joyce Vigil - Pueblo City-County Library District
2006 - William Loring - Mesa County Public Library

Outstanding Library Media Center Design
2005 - Clear Creek High School Media Center, Evergreen - LKA Architects
2004 - Paul Kastner, klipp for Shadow Ridge Middle School, Thornton
2002 - Robert G. Muir, Muir & Associates

Outstanding Library Technology Project
2007 - Lisa Priebe, Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), LEO
2006 - Fort Collins Public Library
2004 - Brenda Bailey-Hainer, Colorado State Library, Historical Newspaper Digitization Project

Outstanding Library Web Site
2008 -, Arapahoe Library District
2007 - MyLibrary and FRED, Weld Library District
2006 - Kids Secret Wonder Web and eVolver, Denver Public Library
2005 - Jefferson County Public Library
2004 - Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs

Outstanding Volunteer Service
2008 - Opal and Albert Symanski, Mountain View Elementary School Library, Adams 12 Five Star Schools
2007 - Mary Symonton, Denver Public Schools
2004 - Harold Fasold, Manitou Springs Public Library, Manitou Springs
2003 - William McDougald, Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs
2002 - Mary Jones - Eagleview Middle School, District #20, Colorado Springs

President's Award
2008 - Eva Anderson
2008 - Patti Bateman
2007 - Patti Bateman - Aurora Public Library, Shannon Cruthers - Auraria Library, Dodie Ownes - Information Services Consultant
2006 - Eileen Dumas - Aurora Public Library, Glenda Hawkinson - Lewis Palmer Middle School, Mike Kiska - Jefferson County Public Library, Patti Owen-Delay - Douglas County Libraries, & Dora Mae Vassios - Hugo Public Library

Project of the Year
2008 - 2008 Student Technology Fair, District Media Services, St. Vrain Valley School District
2007 - Fort Collins Regional Library District - Brenda Carns
2005 - Rangeview Library District - "Purple Power livens up Library"
2004 - Ask Colorado, Colorado State Library, Denver
2003 - Wagging Tales Program, Aurora Public Library, Aurora
2002 - Joyce Attebery, Connie Norris, Stacey Cline - Dept. of Corrections

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