Making a Difference Award

2021 Special Edition: Tell Your Library's Story!

Marigold Library System’s Making a Difference Award recognizes and celebrates excellence and innovation in library service. The Award traditionally acknowledges a library and team who are proud of an achievement in an area such as programming, outreach, advocacy and public relations, partnerships, and innovative use of technology.

Because COVID-19 has derailed and disrupted libraries from providing these traditional services in 2020, Marigold would like to focus the 2021 award on stories about initiatives and impacts from your library on staff, patrons, volunteers, stakeholders, etc. that demonstrate your library’s value.


Possible Topics for Nominations
  • Advocacy
  • Community Partnership
  • Innovative Programming
  • Innovative Use of Technology
  • Impactful Ideas and Successes in Increasing Cardholders
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Outreach
  • Public Relations and Marketing
  • Innovative Service
  1. Nominations must be submitted to your Library Services Consultant by February 12, 2021
  2. Nominations may be made by member library staff or board members.
  3. Nominations must be signed by the Board Chair.
  4. Nominations should follow the template provided.
How to Apply
  1. Use the provided form.
  2. The Advocacy Committee of the Marigold Library Board will consider every nomination based on the criteria above and will choose the award recipient(s).
  3. Awards are presented at the annual Marigold Member Libraries' Workshop.
  4. A winner and an honourable mention from a small, medium, and large library will be chosen. Each winner will receive a plaque and a monetary award ($750 for the winners, $250 for the honourable mentions) to be used at the local library board's discretion.
Libraries will be grouped according to community size

Acadia, Acme, Beiseker, Berry Creek, Bighorn, Carbon, Carseland, Cereal, Consort, Delia, Empress, Gleichen, Hussar, Linden, Longview, Millarville, Morrin, Rockyford, Rumsey, Standard, Youngstown


Banff, Crossfield, Drumheller, Hanna, Irricana, Oyen, Sheep River, Three Hills, Trochu


Airdrie, Canmore, Chestermere, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks, Strathmore

View previous submissions & winners