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The Doris Ann Norris We Love Libraries Prize
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At Sisters in Crime We Love Libraries! As a part of our vision to serve as the voice for excellence & diversity in crime writing, Sisters in Crime recognizes the transformative role libraries play in inspiring and educating writers and readers. Every month we award $1000 to a library to use for the purchase of library materials or in support of library programming that promotes the vision of Sisters in Crime.


Eligibility and Restrictions

  • Only libraries located in the United States, U.S. territories and Canada may enter.
  • All branches within a larger system may enter under separate applications.
  • Awards may not be used for operating expenses.
  • The purchase of library materials or programming is not restricted to the mystery genre or to work written by Sisters in Crime members.
  • Previous We Love Libraries Winners are not eligible to re-enter for three years.
  • There is no cost or obligation other than allowing us to post winners' photos on our website and in InSinC, the Sisters in Crime quarterly publication.


Prepare Your Application

Applications are submitted via electronic form. The link is below.

Include a photo of one or more of your staff holding three or more books written by Sisters in Crime members that are available in your library. Please make sure the book titles and authors’ names are legible in the photo. You can find a list of Sisters in Crime members here.

Include contact information, a description of your library, and a brief statement describing how the library will use the award money.

Select from the list provided on the form or include a brief statement describing how the library will publicly announce or celebrate winning the award.

Does your library have a relationship with the local Sisters in Crime chapter? Please include that information on the form too. You can find a listing of our local chapters here.



How to Enter


What Happens Next

  • Sisters in Crime reviews applications on the first day of the month to select the winning entry.
  • The winning library is contacted.
  • Those not successful in one month are considered for future awards.  Applications are valid for three years.



The Doris Ann Norris We Love Libraries prize was named in honor of SinC's longtime Library Liaison, Doris Ann Norris, pictured above.


Doris Ann Norris (b. 1940 - d. 2018) served as the Sisters in Crime Library Liaison. She spent her career as a librarian working at the Kaubisch Memorial Public Library in Fostoria, Ohio. She earned her library degree from the University of Michigan.


And the Winners Are

April 2020

Bullock Creek Middle School Library
Midland, Michigan

 Pictured are novels by: Alan Gratz, Joelle Charbonneau, April Henry, and the late Mary Higgins Clark.


 March 2020

Cook Memorial Public Library
in Libertyville, Illinois
 Pictured are books by: Sara Paretsky, Lori Rader-Day, Patricia Skalka, Tracy Clark, Julie Hyzy, Victoria Thompson, Libby Fischer Hellmann

 February 2020

Augusta County Library
in Fishersville, Virginia

Pictured are novels by current SINC authors: Ellen Crosby, Dana Stabenow, and Louise Penny.

January 2020

Anne Arundel County - Glen Burnie Regional Library
in Glen Burnie, Maryland

The Glen Burnie Regional Library staff reads books by current Sisters in Crime members.  Barry Lancet, Japantown, Gail Oust, Kill 'Em with Cayenne, and Bonnie MacBird, Art in the Blood


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