Enlightening and Inspiring Generations with Generations of Ideas

I’ve often thought that people who love to read are some of the luckiest people in the world.  Books are marvelous friends, endless sources of entertainment and knowledge, and sometimes support in hard times. … Read long and prosper!

Mary Jo Putney
to the LaSalle Public Library on the occasion of the Library's Centennial Celebration, 2007

Award Books

Agatha Awards - honors the traditional mystery.

AwardWeb - honors science fiction as well as  mystery, regional and children's literature.

Caldecott Award - honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Edgar Award - honors the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film.

Bram Stoker Award - sponsored by the Horrors Writers Association.

Hugo Award - science fiction achievement award.

National Book Award - honors U.S. citizens in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young people's literature.

Newbery Award - honors the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Nobel Prize in Literature - honors the person who "shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction."

PENN/Faulkner - is one of the four major American prizes for fiction in the United States.

Pulitzer Prize - honors an author whose work best depicts American life.

RITA Award - honors romance fiction authors.