Enlightening and Inspiring Generations with Generations of Ideas

Books opened up a whole new world to me.  Through them I discovered new ideas, traveled to new places, and met new people.  Books helped me learn to understand other people and they taught me a lot about myself.  …  Some books you never forget.  Some characters become your friends for life.

Judy Blume
to the LaSalle Public Library on the occasion of the Library's Centennial Celebration, 2007

Award Books

Agatha Awards - honors the traditional mystery.

AwardWeb - honors science fiction as well as  mystery, regional and children's literature.

Caldecott Award - honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Edgar Award - honors the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film.

Bram Stoker Award - sponsored by the Horrors Writers Association.

Hugo Award - science fiction achievement award.

National Book Award - honors U.S. citizens in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young people's literature.

Newbery Award - honors the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Nobel Prize in Literature - honors the person who "shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction."

PENN/Faulkner - is one of the four major American prizes for fiction in the United States.

Pulitzer Prize - honors an author whose work best depicts American life.

RITA Award - honors romance fiction authors.