Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library receives 2019 Gold Standard Award for public libraries

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Special to the Opelika Observer

Opelika’s Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library has been selected to receive the 2019 Gold Standard Award for Public Libraries, the highest level of achievement possible for Alabama libraries.
Public libraries that receive the Gold Award serve as benchmarks for other public libraries across the state. They are rated on facility, planning, administration and governance, collection, services and technology, among other categories.

“While we are excited to receive this award, it was only possible because of the hard work of Cooper Library staff, the support from the City of Opelika administration, and because of the people of Opelika whom we enjoy serving every day. We are proud to be a community connecting point for Opelika. We are so much more than a dusty warehouse for books,” said library director Rosanna McGinnis.

The award is given by the Public Libraries Division of the Alabama Library Association (ALLA). ALLA is a nonprofit corporation formed to encourage and promote the welfare of libraries and professional interests of librarians in Alabama. The association’s primary purpose is to promote public library service and development throughout the state.

“From silver in 2018 to gold in 2019, I can’t say enough about Rosanna and her team. This award just proves that their efforts are making an impact on our community,” said Mayor Gary Fuller.

For more information, contact McGinnis by calling 334-705-5385 or sending email to rmcginnis@opelika-al.gov. The library is located at 200 S. 6th St.

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