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Covington Library Manager Wins National Honor

Julia Allegrini, branch manager at the Kenton County Public Library in Covington, was named as one of ten librarians from across the nation recognized for service to their communities, schools, and campuses. The ten will receive the Carnegie Corporation of New York/The New York Times "I Love My Librarian Award".

Allegrini is in New York City on Tuesday to receive the award, according to the library.

Known for her talent in working with diverse groups, Allegrini’s commitment, creativity and collaboration have lead to expanded services and programming to help make the library more inclusive for all members of the community, a news release said.

Allegrini started working for the Kenton County Public Library system in 1997 as a part-time clerk at the Erlanger Branch library. She has also served as supervisor of the Talking Book Library (an audio book library serving those with vision imairpments), special services librarian, circulation supervisor for the Covington branch library, then promoted to Covington library branch manager in November 2003 (her current role).     

The Covington branch of the Kenton County Public Library recently completed a multi-million dollar expansion and in November was named as the first library in Kentucky to receive the prestigious star rating from Library Journal.

Allegrini was nominated by Covington resident Alma Puissegur. You read the nomination by clicking here (PDF).


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Only 60 librarians nationwide have won the I Love My Librarian Award since its inception in 2008.

There are a total of 166,305 certified librarians in the United States and more than 200,000 dedicated library workers who offer services to the elderly, job-seekers, small business owners, families, students and others.

As part of the nominating process, more than 1,100 library patrons submitted detailed stories regarding how their librarian had an impact on their communities and lives. The nominations detailed how local librarians provided life-changing resources for multicultural communities and new Americans, created fun and educational safe havens for youth, and strived to preserve local history.

Patrons nominated librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries.

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