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Nominations sought for 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in Georgia

GPLS News, November 2016

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Nominations sought for 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in Georgia

With the help of residents from around the state, Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) is looking to identify and recognize the 10 most beautiful public libraries in Georgia. Nominations will be accepted through midnight December 31, 2016.

"While a library's beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, our definition includes both interior and exterior style that has held up well over the years," explained State Librarian Julie Walker. "Nominations will be judged on the overall design of the building, both in form and function, as well as its timelessness. Libraries that are, or were, innovative for their time are also worthy of mention, as are recommendations for facilities whose design singularly reflects and serves its community."

Plans call for the panel of judges to include architectural professionals, including an architectural historian, and GPLS staff members. That panel will review the candidates, and GPLS will announce its choices for Georgia's most beautiful libraries, in March 2017. Winners will receive a plaque, be honored at a ceremony to be held at one of the winning libraries and be listed in printed and online materials promoting the 10 buildings as tourist destinations.

To nominate a public library for this honor, complete this online form or submit the facility’s name, street address, and up to 400 words explaining why it should be considered one of the state’s most beautiful libraries to beautiful@georgialibraries.org. Additional supporting materials, including up to three pictures, may be included with each submission.

"We hope this list will both honor the architectural artistry of our public libraries and inspire visitors for many years to come," Walker said.

Submit your nomination for Georgia's Most Beautiful Library by December 31, 2016!