Best Small Public Library In Kansas

By , 05/26/2015

The Best Small Public Library Award was created by regional library consultants, in conjunction with the Kansas Library Association, to recognize creative and excellent library service, program or activity in a service community of less than 5,000.

Think about the services, programs and activities in your library. Do you have a service, program, activity or library that …

• you are very proud of
• seems unique to your library or community
• other librarians should/could be doing?

If the answer is yes, then please consider applying for this $500 award.

2017 Application

Eligibility for Award:

• Public library serving a taxing district with less than 5,000 people
• Creative, excellent library service, program or activity with high impact on the community and can be replicated in other libraries

Characteristics of eligible services, programs and activities:

• Creativity in developing services and programs
• Creativity in increasing the use and circulation of library materials, e.g., books, DVDs, etc.
• Innovation in introducing and supporting public access to computers and the Internet
• Success in educating patrons in computer use, and measuring the results of technology usage
• Use of technology to expand the reach of library services
• Demonstrated community support
• Sustained cooperation with other libraries
• Partnerships with other agencies and businesses
• Evidence of library’s role as community center
• Raising the profile of the library in your community

To apply:

• Complete the 2017 Application by answering the questions in the statistical section
• Write a description of activities listed in the topics in the narrative section for the past two years.
• Collect supporting documentation.
• Email the completed application to: Laurel Littrell, 2nd Vice President of KLA (email: or mail to: Laurel Littrell, Kansas State University Libraries, 1117 Mid-Campus Drive North, Manhattan, KS 66506
• Place the words “Best Small Public Library Award” in the subject line of the email
• Completed applications should be emailed by September 1, 2017
• A confirmation will be sent when the application is received
• A committee will review the applications and make the selection
• All applications become the property of the Kansas Library Association and may be shared with other librarians in various means

Past Winners


Horton Public Library, Horton, KS


Hesston Public Library, Heston, KS


Wamego Public Library, Wamego, KS


Kinsley Library, Kinsley, KS


Garnett Public Library, Garnett, KS

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