The Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity recognizes U.S. libraries and staff who overcome adversity and create lasting innovative community service programs that successfully inspire and connect with readers. The award comes with a $10,000 cash prize for the library. In addition, four runner-up awards consisting of $1,000 in Penguin Random House books will be awarded. The winner will also receive airfare, hotel, food and related expenses to the conference from the Penguin Random House Foundation.
The award is open to school, public and academic libraries. A MLS degreed librarian is preferred, but not required. The nomination should show evidence of hardship (economic or natural disaster) and successful partnerships to overcome the hardship. A strong focus is on innovative and unique programming that incorporate new technology, reading methods, or materials and successful outcomes.
The nomination form can be found on the ALA website at: