We’re in the Final Four!

LPL advances in National Championship for Best Public Library

VOTE! Lawrence Public Library has advanced to the Final Four round in a national competition for best public library and the Lawrence community can help the library make it to the playoffs next week.

“Winning this round will require focus, agility, and determination, and we’re asking everyone who loves the library to do a brief finger warm-up before casting their online vote,” said Heather Kearns, Lawrence Public Library’s marketing coordinator. “We’re up against the five-branch Pueblo City-County Library District in Pueblo, CO. We’re aiming for 6,000 votes, so it’s critical that everyone avoids injury.”

The contest began with 116 libraries nominated in a March Madness-style bracketing system. Last week, Lawrence, KS beat Lewisville, TX with 62 percent of the votes in the Eagleton Eight round. Organized by The Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) organization located in West Linn, OR, the Leslie B. Knope Award was created to highlight organizations and individuals that motivate, inspire, and attract the best and brightest to local government.

Lawrence Public Library is facing significant competition. “Pueblo, CO came into this round with 2,289 votes to our 838,” Kearns said. “We’re small, but mighty, and have total confidence that Lawrence will show America how much it believes in its library.”

You can vote for Lawrence Public Library once per round. Leaving an additional comment about why you you love the library will count as a double vote. Online voting for this round runs Monday, February 9 through Friday, February 23 at 11 PM (CST).

The library with the most public votes by the final round will receive the Leslie B. Knope Award, named for a fictional character played by Amy Poehler on the television show Parks and Recreation.

“Leslie Barbara Knope is on record as saying that ‘libraries are the worst group of people ever assembled in history. They’re mean, conniving, rude, and extremely well-read, which makes them very dangerous’,” Kearns said. “Winning this award will light an even greater fire beneath us to continue our mission of being a kind, accessible, and safe community hub that thrives through learning, innovation, and opportunity.”

For more information about the contest and how to vote, visit lplks.org for updated bracket news and voting instructions.