I’m a firm believer in this: whoever you are, and whatever your occupation, there’s a time (or many times) in your life when a great opportunity comes your way. And I’m happy to know I’m not the only one who thinks so.
This time around, librarians are being called out to be recognized for their tremendous efforts for their duties; dealing with public funds, providing an encouraging demeanor to those in need of help, and following up with due dates and overdue books to make sure everyone gets their turn.
A dedicated individual of these good deeds is being rewarded for the Lemony Snicket Librarian Award, founded with the American Library Association, and presented by Lemony Snicket himself.
The grand prize is more than just winning the award though. As a winner, you will receive a $3,000 check, and $1,000 that goes to a flight ticket to attend the ALA Annual Conference to receive the award in person.
The official prize description, written in a Snicketian prose, states:
“It is of the opinion of Lemony Snicket, author, reader, and alleged malcontent, that librarians have suffered enough. Therefore he is establishing an annual prize honoring a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact. The prize will be a generous amount of cash from Mr. Snicket’s disreputable gains, along with an odd, symbolic object from his private stash, and a certificate, which may or may not be suitable for framing. It is Mr. Snicket’s hope, and the ALA’s, that the Snicket Prize will remind readers everywhere of the joyous importance of librarians and the trouble that is all too frequently unleashed upon them.”
It’s an absolutely brilliant and fantastic idea. The author of the Series of Unfortunate Events books, recognizes the hardship of being a librarian, and in turn, wants to give a series of fortunate events to a hardworking, well-deserved individual. If you know someone who deserves this award, whether it be your school librarian or local library staff, tell them about this and nominate them here!
Lemony Snicket had once said, “Wicked people never have time for reading. It’s one of the reasons for their wickedness.” Well there you go, Snicket fans and book readers, here is the good deed you’ve done by reading.
And whoever said no good deeds go unpunished?
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