Marian Rafal, Youth Services Department Head at the Bloomfield Township Public Library, has been awarded the Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Service to Youth. This special honor is given annually by the Michigan Library Association to a Michigan library staff person who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of library service to youth.
Marian’s outstanding leadership of Bloomfield Township Public Library’s Youth Services department has allowed services, collections, and programs to flourish in many wonderful ways. Marian tirelessly encourages young people to read and love books and libraries. One of Marian’s notable accomplishments in her 35-year career at Bloomfield Township Public Library is the First Grade Readers’ Rally. This program has ensured that every first grader in Bloomfield Hills Schools visit the library to learn about the wonders contained within. In addition, Marian is an enthusiast and supportive colleague and coach to the librarians around her.
Library Director Carol Mueller said, “Marian has a very strong commitment to public service for all ages, but especially for our young patrons. She is a role model for all library staff in how she warmly greets all patrons, goes out of her way to assist each and every one.”
The Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Service to Youth is given annually to a Michigan library staff person who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of library service to youth, ages 0-18, throughout their career. The award is named for Frances H. Pletz, a former Executive Director of the Michigan Library Association, because of her exemplary library service to teens in our state. This award was established in 1978 by the Young Adult Division of the Michigan Library Association and was given to a teen librarian. In 2010, the Pletz Award combined with the Children’s Services Award of Merit to create the Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Service to Youth.
For more information call the Library at (248) 642-5800 or visit their website at www.btpl.org. The Library is located at 1099 Lone Pine Road, (at Telegraph Road), Bloomfield Township, MI, 48302.