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Release Date: 07/02/2013

Susan Adkins, board member of The Seattle Public Library Foundation, receives national award for support of libraries

Susan Adkins

Susan Adkins, a long-time board member of The Seattle Public Library Foundation, has been recognized by the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) for her service to public libraries. The ULC is a national organization of more than 150 large public library systems and the organizations that serve them.


Each year the ULC honors one leader and advocate for public libraries with the Urban Player Award, given to someone whose work with local government, funding, community leaders and others elevates the essential role that public libraries play in driving community well-being. 


The Urban Player Award was established in 2001 to honor Seattle civic leader Betty Jane Narver, who served as president of The Seattle Public Library board of trustees, founding member and president of The Seattle Public Library Foundation, and chairwoman of ULC's Executive Board.


The ULC chose Adkins for the 2013 Urban Player Award because of her dedicated service to the Library Foundation, where she has been on the board since 1998. She has served terms as vice president and president, chaired the donor relations, advocacy, and governance committees, and spent time as a member of every committee.


"This is a particularly exciting time to be part of the work of libraries," said Adkins.  "The Seattle Public Library is a beloved institution which is evolving to become more responsive to greater public need and demand in areas of education, access, technology, community gathering places, and opportunities for public discourse."


"Susan has been and continues to be a true source of inspiration to The Seattle Public Library and Foundation through her tireless and effective work on behalf of the Library in our community," said Jonna Ward, Library Foundation executive director. "She's like the Energizer Bunny - she just keeps going and going!"


Adkins also played a key role in two high profile public campaigns to improve Seattle's Library system. In 1998, she worked on the "Libraries for All" campaign, launching a $290.7 million project to rebuild and renew Library facilities. Last year, Adkins volunteered for a campaign to urge voters to pass a $123 million Library levy to supplement city funding and preserve the investment in the 1998 LFA bond measure.


Adkins is especially passionate about the role public libraries play in helping children love books and reading. She has served as a Homework Help volunteer at the Broadview Branch and currently is helping the Library plan more services to help young readers.


"We are delighted that Susan is being recognized on a national level for her commitment and dedication to The Seattle Public Library," said Marcellus Turner, city librarian. "We are indeed fortunate to count her among our steadfast supporters."

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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