Pat Duke, Director of the Wilsonville Public Library, is the Oregon Library Association’s 2018 Librarian of the Year. The OLA presents the award annually to an Oregon librarian for exceptional service.
Duke’s honor was announced at the OLA’s annual conference in Eugene on April 20. Among those in attendance were colleagues from Oregon libraries, the City of Wilsonville and the Wilsonville Library Foundation, who are happy to see Duke’s accomplishments recognized throughout Oregon.
“Thanks to Pat’s vision, leadership, and staff empowerment, the Wilsonville Library plays a central role in educating and entertaining the people of Wilsonville,” said City Manager Bryan Cosgrove. “The entire community benefits from innovative programs developed by Pat, his creative staff, the Wilsonville Library Foundation and the many hard-working volunteers whose contributions make the Wilsonville Library successful.”
The Association cites Duke’s contributions to libraries and readers, including outstanding work in Clackamas County to support the formation of the Clackamas County Library District.
Also noted is Duke’s passionate advocacy for the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which offers free books to preschoolers at no charge. With Wilsonville Imagination Library Executive Director Jan Rippey, Duke has traveled throughout Oregon to spearhead this youth literacy program. His work has helped small, rural libraries throughout Oregon provide books to preschoolers, which builds their interest in reading and improves their school readiness.
“This is a wonderful surprise, and I am deeply honored by the recognition by OLA,” Duke said. “This type of acknowledgement only happens when you have a supportive community working with you. Jan Rippey is an amazing partner to work with to promote Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The library has such great support from the City of Wilsonville, has a very dedicated staff and volunteers, and a Library Board, Friends and Foundation that truly believe in the work we’re doing.”
The Oregon Library Association provides advocacy, education, leadership and collaboration to strengthen Oregon’s libraries and the communities they serve. More than 1,000 librarians, library employees, and library supporters participate in the association.
For more information, contact Leah M. Griffith, Chair, Oregon Library Association Honors & Awards Committee, 503-537-1256, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Wilsonville News Updates. 4.30.18