#ELGLKnope 2018 Nominees for Best Public Library

Posted on August 1, 2018


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Nominations are now being accepted for the second annual Leslie Barbara Knope award!

Last year, we awarded the prestigious Knope to Peoria City Hall. This year, we’re highlighting the best public libraries! Any public library run by a local government unit (town, city, county, special district…) is eligible for nomination.

Use this form to nominate your library – from the historic to modern, functional to quaint, and urban to rural – we want to see them all! How will we know which library building is number one? We don’t, that’s why we’re asking you.

Same as last year, we’ll start with a round of 64 and work our way through a bracket challenge to see which library comes out on top.

The nomination process closes January 15, 2018. Add your nomination to the list below today! Don’t forget to Tweet a photo of your nomination using #ELGLKnope!

Want a deep dive on the future of public libraries? Check out Podcast: Rethinking Public Libraries with the Aspen Institute.

Here’s a map of all of the nominations received so far.


Alice Baker Library – @cafe_abl

Altoona, WI Public Library – @AltoonaPL

Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML) – @ahml

Aurora Public Library – @APLReadingRocks

Baytown, TX Library – @baytownlibrary

Bexley Public Library, Bexley OH – @BexleyLibrary

Boca Raton Public Library – @BocaLibrary

Boca Raton Spanish River Library

Boulder Public Library – @boulderlibrary

Bozeman, MT Public Library – @BozemanLibrary

Cedar Rapids Public Library – @CRPublicLibrary

Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Roosevelt Thompson – @CALibrarySystem

Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Hillary Clinton Children’s – @CALibrarySystem

Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Main Library – @CALibrarySystem

Chattanooga, TN Public Library – @chattlibrary

City of Hillsboro, OR Main Public Library

City of Hillsboro, OR Shute Park

City of Madison, WI Central Library (South Central Library System) – @madisonlibrary

City of Oakland, CA Public Library – @oaklibrary

City of Sausalito, CA Public Library

City of St. Louis, MO Public Library (Central) – @stlpublibrary

City of Sierra Vista, AZ Public Library

Clark Memorial Library – Yavapai County Free Library District, Clarkdale AZ

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Libraries – @heightslibrary

Clewiston Public Library (Hendry County)

Downey City Library – @DowneyLibrary

Dunedin Public Library

Erie County Public Library – Blasco Library – @erielibrary

Eugene, OR Public Library – @cityofeugene

Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library – @evplibrary

Free Library of Philadelphia – @freelibrary

Gadsden, AL Public Library – @gadsdenlibrary

Gail Borden Public Library District

Glencoe, IL Public Library – @GlencoePL

Grosse Point, MI Public Library – @theGPPL

Gulf Beaches Public Library

Hartford Public Library, Hartford, Connecticut – @HPLCT

Hillsboro, OR Brookwood Library – @HillsboroLib

Iowa City, IA Public Library – @icpl

Jonathon Bourne Public Library – @bournelib

Joplin, MO Public Library – @JoplinLibrary

Kansas City Public Library – Central Branch – @KCLibrary

Largo, FL Public Library

Lawrence, KS Public Library – @lawrencelibrary

Ledding Library – City of Milwaukie

Leesburg FL Public Library

Lewisville, TX Public Library – @LewisvilleTxLib

Library 21c – @ppld

Livermore Central Library (Livermore, CA) – @LivLibrary

Livonia Public Library – Livonia, Michigan – @livonia_library

Milton, WI Public Library

Milwaukee Public Library – Central Branch – @MilwaukeePubLib

Minneapolis Central Library (Hennepin County Library) – @hclib

Morrill Memorial Library – @norwood_library

Mt. Angel Public Library

Nashville Public Library – @nowatnpl

Nassau County Public Library – Fernandina Beach Branch

Normal Public Library – @NPLtweets

North Miami Beach Public Library – @nmb_library

Owatonna Public Library, Owatonna MN – @owatonnalibrary

Patrick Heath Public Library – City of Boerne, Texas – @BoerneLibrary

Platteville Public Library (Platteville, WI) – @PlattevillePL

Princeton Public Library – @princetonpl

Provo Library at Academy Square – @provolibrary

Pueblo City-County Library District – @pueblolibrary

Rancho Cucamonga, CA Public Library Services

Redwood City Public Library (City of Redwood City) – @RWCLibrary

Reedsburg Public Library

Rice Lake Public Library – Rice Lake, WI [email protected]

River Falls (WI) Public Library – @RFPublicLibrary

Safety Harbor, FL Public Library

Saint Joseph, FL Public Library

Saint Paul Public Library

Sanibel Public Library

Schlow Centre Region Library, State College, PA – @schlowlibrary

Seattle Public Library – @splbuzz

Sterling Heights Public Library – @shpublib

Temple Terrace Public Library

Torrance Public Library – @LibraryVan

Town of Chapel Hill Public Library – @chpublib

The University City Public Library – @UCPL_Librarians

Upper St. Clair Township Library – @TWPUSCLIBRARY

Wake County Public Libraries – @Wcplonline

Wayne County, NC Public Library

West Allis Public Library

West Linn Public Library, Oregon

Winneconne Public Library

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