Press Release - Detail
For immediate release, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016
Roy L. Williams                                             Jefferson County contact Michelle Hamrick
Director of Public Relations                          Irondale Public Library  
Birmingham Public Library                           Phone: (205) 951-1415
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Jefferson County Public Library Association announces its 2016 Library Champion Award Recipients
BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Jefferson County Public Library Association awarded 11 recipients with its 2016 Library Champion Award during its annual holiday luncheon at the Florentine Building in downtown Birmingham, Ala. on Tuesday, December 6, 2016.
The purpose of the luncheon is to recognize the outstanding achievements of volunteers and community partners. The Library Champion Award is presented annually by the Jefferson County Public Library Association (JCPLA). The award recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution(s) to libraries and/or librarianship in Jefferson County, Alabama.

The honorees are as follows:
Birmingham Public Library (BPL):
  • Eastern Region: Sam Rumore, former BPL Board of Trustee member
  • Avondale Regional Library: Marco Morosini, owner of Silvertron Cafe
  • West End Branch Library: Birmingham City Councilwoman Sheila Tyson
  • North Birmingham Regional Library and Springville Road Regional Library:  Pet Supplies Plus Store # 8009 in Roebuck.
  • BPL Central Library: Pat Rumore
Municipal Libraries:
  • Homewood Public Library: Fran Jones
  • Hoover Public Library: Former Hoover Council President Jack Wright
  • Leeds Public Library: Martha Hurst
  • Emmet O'Neal/ Mountain Brook Public Library: Lynda Weaver
  • Pinson Public Library: Stanley Moss
  • Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest: Virginia A. Procter
The JCPLA also presented a special award to George R. Stewart, who in October received one of the highest honors in the library profession in Alabama, when he was inducted into the University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences Hall of Fame. Stewart was featured in an article on the University of Alabama website. See link below:
Stewart's career spanned 33 years with the Birmingham Public Library System and an additional four years as director of Jefferson County Library Cooperative. He was a mentor to many at BPL and remains active at BPL as a map consultant in the Southern History Department in the Linn-Henley Research Building.
For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for 129 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT Public Libraries in Jefferson County
The Public Libraries in Jefferson County, DBA Jefferson County Library Cooperative, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that links the 40 public libraries throughout Jefferson County. These include 21 municipal libraries and the 19 locations of the Birmingham Public Library System. The mission of the Public Libraries in Jefferson County is to connect all citizens countywide by providing resources and community-building opportunities that inspire life-long learning. Visit our website at
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