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Schlow Nominated for National Honor as Best Public Library

by on January 30, 2018 4:45 AM

Schlow Centre Region Library is one of 32 finalists for an honor recognizing the nation's best public library, and you can vote for it.

Engaging Local Government Leaders, a professional organization for municipal leaders around the country, is currently running a tournament-style bracket to pick the winner of the Leslie B. Knope Award, named in honor of Amy Poehler's enthusiastic civil servant character from the comedy series "Parks and Recreation"

Last year the honor was given for best city hall (Peoria, Ill., won). This time nominations were open for any public library to be entered. A list of more than 100 was pared down to 32 after public voting and Schlow made the cut.

In the opening round, Schlow, the No. 4 seed in the Ron Swanson bracket, is facing off against No. 13 seed Bennett Civic Center Library in Livonia, Mich. You can vote here until Friday to help send the State College area's public library on to the sweet 16.

Voting takes place weekly with the new round opening each Monday until the champion is crowned by voting the week of Feb. 26 to March 2.

An award being given in her name to a library probably would have ruffled Leslie Knope. On "Parks and Recreation" she had little love for her municipal rivals in the fictional Pawnee (Ind.) Public Library, calling it "the most diabolical, ruthless bunch of bureaucrats I've ever seen" and "mean, conniving, rude, and extremely well-read, which makes them dangerous." 

Of course, except for the "well-read" part, we couldn't think of a less apt way to describe the staff at Schlow, and if Leslie had ever met the them, she'd feel much differently about it and the great folks who make it a community treasure, one deserving of the title Best Public Library.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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