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Awards

Sean Jones holds up an oversized check, joined by Mayor Brandon Whipple, library mascot Webster the Owl, City Manager Robert Layton, and City Councilmember Bryan Frye

Recent Awards

Some of the more recent awards from the Wichita Public Library's more than 100 years of existence follow.

Individuals Recognized

  • National Genealogical Society's Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship to Michelle Enke, Manager of Genealogy/Special Collections (2024)
  • Wichita Business Journal's HR Professionals Award to Support Services Manager Tammy Penland (2024)
  • Storytime Village's Read & Rise Literacy Champion to Director Jaime Nix (2023)
  • Reference and User Services Association's History Section Genealogy/History Achivement Award to Michelle Enke, Manager of Genealogy/Special Collections (2023)
  • City of Wichita's Excellence in Public Service Award to Marketing Manager Sean Jones (2023)
  • City of Wichita's Raving Fans Award to Library Assistant Cassie Fahey (2021)
  • Wichita Business Journal's Women in Business Award to Interim Director Kristi Dowell (2021)
  • Wichita Business Journal's Women in Business Award to Director Cynthia Berner (2018)
  • Kansas Library Association's Presidential Award for New Professional to Reference Librarian Sara Dixon (2016)
  • USD 259 Good Apple Award to Children's Librarian Carol Kotsch (2015)
  • Mountain Plains Library Association's Distinguished Service Award to Branch Manager Jean Hatfield (2015)
  • Kansas Library Association's Presidential Award for New Professional to Savannah Ball (2014)
  • Kansas Library Association's Presidential Award for Library Personnel to Customer Service Manager Jaime Prothro (2011)
  • Kansas Library Association's Presidential Award for Library Personnel to Alford Branch Manager Jean Hatfield (2009)
  • Kansas Library Association's Presidential Award for New Professional to Evergreen Branch Manager Jaime Prothro (2006)
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