This award is presented annually to a person or group that has supported the library.
The award honors service through exceptional leadership, financial support, volunteerism, research, or other contributions.
1998 Barbara Gerriets for book sorting and book sale coordination
1999 Bob and Lois Hodge for local history and genealogy work and donations
2000 Betty Boylan for financial donations
2001 Ellie Hazelrigg for volunteer work for Homebound Program, trustee, role, donations, etc.
2002 Betty Tholen for helping start the Friends group in the 1970s
2003 Nadine Terry & Earl Williams for Rites of Passage youth program
2004 Flint Hills Genealogical Society for financial gifts and volunteer work
2005 Mary Unruh for book sorting supervision
2006 Book Sorters for untiring sorting and pricing. Nine people were presented awards: Gae Barnes, Judy Dodson, Edna Glaser, Barbara Holscher, Sharon Ikerd, Virginia Loper, Nancy McKinzie, Joan Mouse, and Cindy Pastor
2007 Ann Coulson & Nancy Hargett for volunteering service and energy to Friends of the Library
2008 George Osborn & Langley Charitable Trust for financial gifts and support
2009 Carmaine Ternes for work to improve teen services
2010 Jan Laurent for leadership, financial support, and more
2011 Greg Larson for volunteer work on Internet book sales
2012 Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity for financial gifts and help moving books for sales
2013 Ed Rathke for ongoing help with building/grounds and support
2014 Deb Burns-Heinitz & Mar Jean Anderson for yard signs, delivering books, incredible volunteering, etc.
2015 Jeanne Cranz for unending help with book sales and Friends needs
2016 Dee Schwinn for continuous energy and volunteerism for Friends initiatives
Recipients receive a plaque, a Life membership in the Friends of the Library, and a book placed in their honor in the library’s collection.