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Illinois Library Association

Golden Ticket Award
Presented by the ILA Youth Services Forum and Rob Zimmers of Quality Books, Inc. 

Category
This annual award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding local contribution in library services to young people in his/her community by creating and implementing library programs that promote a love of literature and instill positive feelings about libraries.

Eligibility
The recipient should be an individual working directly with children in a library setting. Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by others. Nominees need not be a personal member of ILA. Members of the Youth Services Forum’s Awards Committee and Youth Services Forum officers cannot nominate an individual for this award. In the event that no deserving nominations are received, Committee members may then not nominate a recipient.

Criteria
The nomination should consist of the completed ILA nomination form and a written statement of no more than four pages. The written statement should include:

  • Examples of innovative and dynamic programs for youth up to eighth grade initiated and presented by nominee within the past two years
  • How such programs have benefited the library and its community
  • Why the nominee deserves this award
Optional: A maximum of three pages of supporting pictures and a maximum of five promotional flyers may also be included.

Award
The recipient will receive a one year personal membership to ILA (if already a personal member, he/she will receive a free one year renewal of his/her membership), and a $200 financial award.

Nomination Deadline
May 15

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Nomination Submissions
The nominator’s statement of support should address all criteria under the individual awards as outlined.  Nominator must submit the nomination form and attach all support statements, letters, and documentation, etc. required by the award’s criteria. ILA must receive all nominations by May 15.

See previous Golden Ticket Award winners