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Manchester librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award

Jennifer L. Newcome recognized with national public service honor

CHICAGO — Jennifer L. Newcome, librarian at Northeastern High School in Manchester, Pennsylvania, is a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) for her tireless commitment to student success, she was selected from 1,865 nominations from library users across the country.

Newcome has transformed the Northeastern library into a community hub. Learners of all kinds feel welcome in the space, from struggling students seeking out tutoring to dual-enrollees who need somewhere to focus on college assignments. Students and teachers alike know they can come find Newcome for research assistance, mentorship or moral support.

Colleagues describe Newcome as a “constant cheerleader” for Northeastern students. In one story from her nomination letter, Newcome noticed a student who seemed hungry sitting alone in the library at lunch, so she began packing food for him every day and checking in with his teachers. He blossomed from a struggling student to an honor roll recipient, with Newcome always there to cheer him on. When he moved away for his senior year, Newcome took the time to contact his new school librarian so they could help him continue to thrive.

“Jen consistently goes above and beyond her required duties to improve our school,” her nominators wrote. “Whether it is devotion to attending sporting events, musicals, inductions or student performances, or simply being the one to reach out to a student in need, there is no one at Northeastern who does as much as Jen does to improve our community.”

Newcome and this year’s nine other honorees will each receive a $5,000 cash prize, a $750 donation to their library and complimentary registration to ALA’s 2021 Virtual Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits. The virtual award ceremony will take place during the conference at 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, January 23, 2021 and will be available to stream live at

Since the award’s inception in 2008, library users have shared more than 20,000 nominations detailing how librarians have gone above and beyond to promote literacy, expand access to technology and support diversity and inclusion in their communities. Information regarding previous award winners can be found on the I Love My Librarian website at 

Carnegie Corporation of New York generously sponsors the I Love My Librarian Award. The New York Public Library also supports the award. ALA administers the award through its Communications and Marketing Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians. 

About Carnegie Corporation of New York
Carnegie Corporation of New York was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 “to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation’s work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy.

About The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves nearly 17 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at

About the American Library Association
The American Library Association is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice of libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit


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