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Elizabeth Yates Award

The Elizabeth Yates Award honors Concord resident and children's author Elizabeth Yates, who was a strong advocate of reading and who supported library programs in the Concord community during her lifetime. Elizabeth Yates received the first award named in her honor in 1994.

The winner of the award is given the opportunity to recommend $500 worth of books to add to the Children's Room collection, each book bearing a bookplate with his/her name. In addition, his/her name is inscribed on the Elizabeth Yates Award plaque that hangs in the Children's Room.

The Elizabeth Yates Award honors Concord resident and children's author Elizabeth Yates, who was a strong advocate of reading and who supported library programs in the Concord community during her lifetime. Elizabeth Yates received the first award named in her honor in 1994. The winner of the award is given the opportunity to recommend $500 worth of books to add to the Children’s Room collection, each book bearing a bookplate with his/her name. In addition, his/her name is inscribed on the Elizabeth Yates Award plaque that hangs in the Children’s Room.

Nominations: The Concord Public Library Foundation is soliciting nominations for the Elizabeth Yates Award, given annually to a resident of the greater Concord area who is actively engaged in inspiring young people to read. This award, which will be presented at a ceremony in November, can be presented to authors, illustrators, storytellers, teachers, librarians or others involved in encouraging reading.

All nominations submitted are considered by the Elizabeth Yates Award Committee, and the recipient will be notified in October.

If you know someone who deserves consideration, please send us an email with the following information:

  • Name of nominee
  • Nominee's title and workplace
  • Why you are nominating this person
  • Any special qualifications of the nominee
  • Other awards or special recognition the nominee has received
  • Your name, address, phone and email
  • Nominee's contact information

Please email this information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and put "Yates" in the subject line. Nomination deadline is June 1, 2012.

For more information, please call the Concord Public Library at 225-8670.

Past Winners

Marty Kelly
2011

Jane Merrow
2010

Cris Sokol
Autumn VanSice
2009

Jeffrey Kent
2008

Jayne Perron
2007

Rebecca Rule
2006

Philip Yeaton
2005

Nancy Keane
2004

Carol Berry
2003

Mary Lyn Ray
2002

Dina Abelson
2001

Jennifer Ericsson
1999

Jane Owen
1998

Bill/Judy Egan
1997

Donna Ciocca
1996

Theresa Toy
1995