OrangeBoy, Inc., a leading consultancy for public libraries and provider of Savannah, the Community Engagement Platform built exclusively for libraries, announced today the eight public libraries selected as recipients of the 2020 Opie Award. Winners were selected from across the United States and Canada by an independent board of library leaders who evaluated proposals submitted by applicants outlining inspiring or innovative ideas designed to further support the communities served by each library.
"We are honored to continue our support of public libraries across the United States and Canada through the 2020 Opie Award," said founder, Clark Swanson. "At OrangeBoy, we believe in the power of libraries to lift communities and are proud to partner with the many innovative leaders who are creatively meeting the needs of their communities during this challenging time." Opie Award recipients each received a grant as a part of their award receipt to help fund the launch of the ideas outlined in submitted applications.
OrangeBoy announced in October a $10,000 pool for award grants would be available in 2020 but increased this amount after receiving a high number of innovative proposals. Grants awarded this cycle more than doubled the original pool, totaling $22,500.
2020 Opie Award recipients:
- Cedar Park Public Library – Cedar Park, Texas – www.cedarparktexas.gov/departments/library
- Elkhart Public Library – Elkhart, Indiana – www.myepl.org
- Glendale Library, Arts & Culture – Glendale, California - www.glendaleca.gov/government/departments/library-arts-culture
- Grosse Pointe Public Library – Grosse Pointe, Michigan – www.grossepointelibrary.org
- Missouri River Regional Library – Jefferson City, Missouri – www.mrrl.org
- Pioneer Library System – Norman, Oklahoma – www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org
- Saint Joseph County Public Library – South Bend, Indiana – www.sjcpl.org
- Whitefish Bay Public Library – Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin – www.wfblibrary.org
About the Opie Award
The Opie Award is an annual award from OrangeBoy, Inc. named after the founding OrangeBoy, Opie. The Opie Award honors OrangeBoy clients that present new or ongoing ideas that embody the characteristics and values of OrangeBoy's namesake - curious, confident, and competitive. The Opie Award celebrates libraries serving their communities in inspiring and innovative ways.
Honoring the outstanding achievements of award recipients serves as a reminder that libraries positively affect their communities and the way individuals live and succeed.
Recipients and amounts awarded are selected by an independent, impartial committee of library leaders not employed by OrangeBoy Inc.
About OrangeBoy, Inc. and Savannah
OrangeBoy started in 1996 as a fundraising consultancy applying donor analytics to formulate and execute strategy, and then evolved into a strategic planning and customer segmentation company for social service and government-related entities.
Today, OrangeBoy offers Savannah, the Community Engagement Platform built exclusively for libraries, by libraries. Savannah is a cloud-based community engagement platform backed by market leading analytics and a team of dedicated, experienced professionals that is designed exclusively to help you connect with your community in new, meaningful ways. With Savannah you can easily deliver targeted marketing, implement customer relationship management, and demonstrate the impact of your efforts through custom reporting. Savannah also allows your library to manage incidents, increase fundraising, and understand the needs of your community with our market-leading analytics.