Five years ago, the statewide Friends of Kansas Libraries initiated the Duane Johnson Library Leadership Award to recognize outstanding contributions to Kansas libraries.
Duane Johnson, for whom the award is named, was the State Librarian of Kansas for more than two decades. His dedication to the Kansas library community, consistent leadership, aid to the founding of the Friends of Kansas Libraries, and numerous other contributions to Kansas libraries and to the state as a whole, have made the award in his honor a particularly meaningful tribute to each year’s chosen recipient. It is the most prestigious award conferred by the Friends of Kansas Libraries.
This year’s recipient of the Duane Johnson Award, to be presented at the Kansas Library Conference in Wichita on Wednesday April 7th, is the Haysville Community Library’s own Betty Cattrell, our director and prime mover for more than three decades.
We are, as you may imagine, quite proud and very pleased to see Betty’s remarkable contributions recognized.
We know that not every citizen of Haysville who might like to join Betty as she receives this award will be able to do so. In consequence, the Haysville Community Library Friends will be holding a reception for Betty as recipient of the 2010 Duane Johnson Library Leadership Award on Tuesday April 6th from 6 to 8 pm here in the Haysville Community Library. Please join us to celebrate this honor, and to congratulate Betty for the recognition of her invaluable contributions to this library and to our larger community.