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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


 September 2020
Bellevue Public Library

Bellevue, Ohio 
 
 
 Pictured are librarians at the Bellevue Public Library displaying books by Sisters in Crime member authors: Kelley Armstrong, City of the Lost; DiAnn Mills, Deadlock; Allison Brennan, Shattered; Vicki Delany, Among the Departed; Amanda Flower, Death and Daisies; and Kate White, Eyes on You.     

Per the WLL application form, the $1,000  grant will be used to purchase "Items to make memory bags. These memory bags will be available for relatives and caregivers of Alzheimer's and dementia patients. Each bag would have a theme, for example, at the beach, and contain puzzles, games, books, movies, music and tactile items for patients to enjoy. We would like to include a notebook and pen to record suggestions, comments, and observations and also have a copy of The Caregiver's Guide to Dementia by Laura Gitlin in each bag."
 
August 2020
Henderson County Public Library 
Henderson, Kentucky 
 
  Pictured are Henderson County Public Library staff displaying books by Sisters in Crime member authors: Kathy Lynn Emerson, Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe; Denise Dietz, Throw Darts at a Cheesecake; Tess Gerritsen, The Silent Girl, The Sinner, and The Shape of Night. 

 

The WLL grant will be used to purchase the library's first e-readers.

 

July 2020

Scriber Lake High School Library
Edmonds, Washington

 
 Pictured at home is School Librarian, Rachel Ramey with books by Sisters in Crime member-authors: Girl, Stolen by April Henry; Orchards by Holly Thompson; No Place Like Home by the late Mary Higgins Clark; Dividing Eden and Need by Joelle Charbonneau; and The Treatment by Suzanne Young. The WLL grant will be used to "purchase books to enhance the library's collection of age-appropriate books by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) authors as well as non-fiction books to explore topics such as systemic racism and social justice." 
 

June 2020

Clear Lake High School Library
Houston, Texas

 
 Pictured are books by: Sarah Zettel: Palace of Spies, Dangerous Deceptions and Assassin's Masque; Suzanne Young: The Epidemic, The Remedy, and The Complication; and Holly Thompson: Orchards.  The WLL grant will be used to grow the library's collection of e-books and audio books. 
 
 

June 2020 - Additional Winner

East Lake Library
Minneapolis, MN

The East Lake Library located in Minneapolis, and a part of the Hennepin County Library system, was nominated for a discretionary We Love Libraries grant by the Sisters in Crime national board.

The library staff wrote the We Love Libraries grant will be used  to "...help restore the libraries most affected by recent unrest in Minneapolis ... [and to] fund programs and resources focused on tackling the persistent poverty and inequality facing our black, brown and indigenous friends and neighbors."     

Quoted below is part of a heartfelt statement from the Friends of the Hennepin County Library: 
 "Like all of you, we are heartbroken by the murder of George Floyd. We are heartbroken at the systemic inequities and structural racism that have led us to this moment. We are heartbroken at the pain, anger, and fear that have taken hold of our cities and homes this past week and have been part of the lived experience of many in our community for so long. Our libraries stand at the very heart of our neighborhoods, connecting each location and patron. None of us are completely untouched. What happens in one neighborhood affects us all, and we know that many of you are feeling the pain of seeing your libraries damaged. But windows can be repaired; books can be replaced; shelves can be righted again. What cannot be replaced are human lives, and that is why the library continues to stand. Because our library is made up of people – different but united – in and around its walls. We know that together we will rebuild and continue moving forward, working toward a more just world." 

If you would like to make a donation to the Hennepin County Library, please visit: https://www.supporthclib.org/justice-for-all



May 2020

Porterville Public Library
Porterville, California


The Porterville Public Library tragically burned down on February 18, 2020. This plywood panel miraculously survived the fire. The library plans to preserve it, and display it in the new library building. The WLL grant will go towards buying children's English and Spanish materials for virtual story times. 


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
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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