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OWWL librarian honored as one of best in state by NY State Senate

An area librarian has been honored as among the best in the state by the State Senate.

Suzanne Macaulay, Deputy Director of the Pioneer Library System in Canandaigua, also known as OWWL, for Ontario Wayne Wyoming Livingston was one of the winners of the 2022 New York State Senate Outstanding Librarian Awards, partly for her work in helping launch a books by mail service. Suzanne was our guest earlier this year on Inside the FLX. She told us the COVID-19 pandemic limited people’s access to their local libraries, so books by mail was born.

The award winners from each region of the state were announced by Senate Libraries Committee Chair Sean Ryan of Erie County. In a news release, Ryan said “Suzanne has started several incredible programs over the past 12 months, including a “Books by Mailprogram that aims to bring reading materials to homebound individuals across the Pioneer Library System’s four counties. She has partnered with local retirement homes to drop off collections of large print books for residents who are unable to visit their library. She also began a “Community Book Distributionprogram where she works with local Foodlink partners, dentists’ offices, and other community groups to distribute books to children and families who may not otherwise have a regular opportunity to own books.”

Each librarian selected will receive a framed New York State Senate Proclamation.

Listen to our full Inside the FLX conversation with Suzanne Macaulay below.