Bentonville Public Library’s Children’s Librarian, Sue Ann Pekel, is being awarded the 2019 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children by the American Library Association (ALA).
Pekel graduated from John Brown University with a degree in Organizational Management. She has a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Texas Woman’s University. Prior to joining the Bentonville Public Library in 2007, she served as the Children’s Librarian at the Rogers Public Library in Rogers, Arkansas where she worked her way up from part-time clerk to full-time professional Librarian.
Pekel was nominated for the Sullivan Award by Hadi Dudley, Library Director and Sarah Herford, Teen Services Librarian of Bentonville Public Library, who said, “Sue Ann Pekel is a leader, librarian, mentor, advocate, supporter, professional and friend. She is intelligent, passionate, encouraging and dedicated. We offer our fullest endorsement of Sue Ann Pekel for the prestigious recognition of the Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children Award.”
Sue Ann Pekel states, “It is an honor to receive the Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children. I gratefully accept this award on behalf of the entire team at Bentonville Public Library and our community. It is with their strong support that the Bogle Family Children’s Library within the Bentonville Public Library has become a vibrant destination for discovery, creativity and imagination.”
Pekel will accept the Sullivan Award during the ALA Annual Conference this summer in Washington, D.C. Pekel is also attending to participate in training for Thinking Money for Kids, a traveling exhibit being awarded to Bentonville Public Library in 2021. A portion of Pekel’s travel expenses to attend training and the awards ceremony at conference are being funded by the ALA.