Mt. Lebanon librarian honored by national group

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Cynthia K. Richey, director of the Mt. Lebanon Library for 17 years, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Library Service to Children.

The award is given annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children.

In 2011, Ms. Richey was appointed chair of the Newbery Award Committee. The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for what is deemed to be the "most distinguished American children's book published the previous year," according to the association website.

Ms. Richey began her career as a children's librarian in 1971 and served as the president of the Pennsylvania Library Association in 1994.

"Cynthia has been active on the local, state and national levels, taking on more responsibility as she progressed to leadership levels," said Distinguished Service Award Committee Chair Carol Doll in a statement. "Her contributions to children and to ALSC are far reaching and long lasting in developing literacy in children and in moving ALSC forward in a positive, helpful way that brings out the best in all of us."

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