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Librarian Amytha Willard, Director of Mobile Book Services, Santa Clara County Library District, was named Karen Hake Outstanding Book Mobile Book 2021 by the Mobile Book and Outreach Services Association administrator.
The award commemorates the 50th anniversary of Harker’s service to the mobile book industry in the Pratt County Library System in Columbus, Nebraska. Willard was chosen to recognize her continued dedication and commitment to the mobile book industry.
“Amisha is very famous throughout the library district and is appreciated by her patrons, partners and colleagues,” the county librarian Jennifer Wicks said in a statement. “This award highlights her and the mobile book team’s ongoing and creative efforts to provide everything that the library and SCCLD provide to those facing physical and geographic barriers.”
Willard has worked in the library district for 16 years, all for the mobile book project. There are two mobile library trucks in this area, which stop more than 100 times a month in senior centers, schools, rural areas, and unincorporated areas far from any libraries in the county. The Willard and bookmobile teams cover more than 1,000 square miles every week.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Willard and her team developed and implemented BookDash, a contactless home delivery solution for elderly customers. She worked with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley and the Lions Club of St. Martin to expand the library lunch program in the area to communities in South County. Willard will receive her award during the Bookmobile and Outreach Services Conference at an online association on Tuesday, October 12th.