Library staff wins Noah Webster Award
for community-building projects
University librarian Alice Prochaska and her staff were recently honored by the
New Haven Free Public Library with the Noah Webster Award for helping to build
community through education and literacy projects.
The award was presented at the public library’s Mardi Gras celebration
at the New Haven Lawn Club on Feb. 5.
The Noah Webster Award is given annually to an organization or to a community
project that provides the tools to enhance, broaden and deepen the community’s
knowledge and information, thus helping to promote and support a literate and
In accepting the award on behalf of the Yale library’s 600 employees, Prochaska
highlighted the ways in which the Yale Library and the New Haven Free Public
Library are working together in the community, including partnering to create
the Consumer Health Information Network, a project offering free medical information
to New Haven residents. She also described the many collaborative projects between
the library and local schools, including exhibitions, creative writing programs
and planning for Noah Webster’s 250th birthday in 2008. The famed lexicographer,
editor and author grew up in Hartford, Connecticut, and graduated from Yale in
Michael J. Morand, vice president of New Haven and state affairs at Yale and
president of the New Haven Public Library’s Patrons Board, presided at
the event alongside James C. Welbourne, New Haven’s city librarian.
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