Nominations open for Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

General Interest, Office for Intellectual Freedom

Librarians face adversity every day, whether they are defending a book that has been challenged or fighting to provide services on a limited budget.

If you know a beleaguered librarian, now is your chance to give that person some much needed recognition by nominating them for the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity.

ALA is currently accepting nominations through Monday Dec. 1, 2014 for this award. The prize consists of $3,000 along with a $1,000 travel stipend to ALA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco, an odd, symbolic object from Snicket’s private stash and a certificate. The nominee must be a librarian.

The inaugural award was given in 2014 to Laurence Copel, youth services librarian and founder of the Lower Ninth Ward Street Library in New Orleans. If you know a librarian who “has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact” nominate them for this unique award. According to Snicket, it is his hope that, “The Snicket Prize will remind readers everywhere of the joyous importance of librarians and the trouble that is all too frequently unleashed upon them.”

Mr. Snicket’s latest book is “Shouldn’t You Be in School?”, the third volume of “All The Wrong Questions,” which tells the story of Snicket’s own childhood exploits. Lemony Snicket’s official representative Daniel Handler’s next novel for adults is the highly anticipated “We Are Pirates,” which Bloomsbury will publish in February, and Neil Gaiman says is, “Honest and funny, dark and painful. ‘We Are Pirates’ reads like the result of a nightmarish mating experiment between Joseph Heller and Captain Jack Sparrow. It’s the strangest, most brilliant offering yet from the mind behind Lemony Snicket.” Later this month, Mr. Handler kicks off a national tour with appearances in more than two dozen cities (on behalf of Mr. Snicket), and will host the National Book Awards this November in New York.

To find out more information about the award, including how to nominate candidates, visit

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