An Algonquin librarian has won a national "I Love My Librarian Award" for her commitment to education and lifelong learning.
Lindsey Tomsu, teen librarian at the Algonquin Area Public Library District, is one of only 10 librarians nationally to be recognized by the American Library Association.
Tomsu was nominated by the teen advisory boards at the Algonquin library and La Vista Public Library in Nebraska. Those recommending her said she helps teens' voices be heard, provides a welcoming atmosphere and serves as a friend and mentor.
Tomsu was awarded a $5,000 prize at a ceremony in New York. It was sponsored by Carnegie Corp. of New York, the New York Public Library and the New York Times.
Tomsu has helped bring to life programs ranging from the unusual – Bacon Club and Pool Noodle Kendo Club – to the technological – Media Club and a Teen Makerspace. Among the community programs she has developed are the BUILD Collective, a multipurpose program that allows teens and tweens to play with educational toys that foster their imagination and creativity.
“I've spent years advocating for my teens, and them taking the time to work together to nominate me for awards is one way that they feel they can give back and advocate for me in return,” Tomsu said in a news release. “Libraries are in a unique position to be a place of common ground for teens.”