Rosemary Cooper, the Director of the Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick, has been named a winner in this year’s “I Love My Librarian” award. Cooper has been recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.
Cooper was commended for turning an outdated library into a welcoming and vibrant community center that delivers services and programs that connect closely with patrons’ needs. To help support the Town’s creative community, Cooper established a monthly program featuring the work of local artists in the library’s gallery space.
She developed a special collection focused on mental and emotional health issues and created a safe and nurturing place within the library to help users find reliable and timely resources. She also led efforts to train library staff to better serve patrons with disabilities. In addition, after Hurricane Sandy, Cooper extended the library’s hours for residents who needed heat, electricity and internet access.
Cooper received a $5,000 prize at an award ceremony and reception held in New York City. The ceremony was hosted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which co-sponsors the award, along with the New York Public Library and The New York Times. The American Library Association administers the award through its Public Awareness Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.