The annual Excellence Awards recognize outstanding library performance in southeast
Kansas. There are eight categories of Excellence Awards. In any given year, SEKLS may give
one or more awards in any of these categories, but no more than five awards will be given in any
The recipient receives a trophy, and their library receives a $1,000 check. Their name is
also added to a traveling plaque for that category of award.
For the nominating and other guidelines, see here.
Recipients of SEKLS Excellence Awards
Rookie of the Year Bonnie Palmer, Weir Public Library
Distinguished Service Susan Willis, Chanute Public Library
Trustee Dana Denton, Howard City Library
Library Staff Becky Passauer, Independence Public Library
Library Savonburg Public Library
Library Director Karen Eshelman, Howard City Library
Library Staff May Damron, Toronto Public Library
Library Staff Valetta Cannon, Fort Scott Public Library