February 23, 2018

Mary Lankford Wins 2002 Grolier Foundation Award

By Debra Lau

Mary D. Lankford, the director of library services for the Texas Education Agency (TEA), is the 2002 winner of the Grolier Foundation Award from the American Library Association.

The $1,000 cash award and citation, donated by the Grolier Publishing Company, is the country’s highest award for a librarian serving young people in schools and public libraries. The recipient is someone whose “unusual contribution” to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people exemplifies outstanding achievement in the profession, says Cheryl Malden, an ALA program officer.

Lankford, who grew up in Texas and decided in the fourth grade that she wanted to be a librarian, is the author of several children’s books, including Hopscotch Around the World (Morrow/Avon 1996). Lankford spent more than 20 years as director of library and media services in the Irving Independent School District and was a recipient of the Library Services Award and the Library Media Pro
gram of the Year Award for Irving Schools. TEA is a government agency that oversees Texas K-12 public education.