February 17, 2018

Publicity Rallies Contest for Detroit PL

By LJ Staff

An essay contest on “Why I Love the Detroit Public Library” languished until a wave of publicity brought library-lovers out in force. Detroit News columnist Laura Berman recounted how Susan Hunnicutt, president of the American Library Association’s student chapter at Wayne State University, was convinced the library is underappreciated treasure and joined with the Friends of the Detroit Public Library to hold the essay contest. Though she contacted 80 corporate sponsors, no one helped with prizes. Still, she and others raised $750. As of March 1, only one essay had been received. Berman’s column and a subsequent radio interview generated much interest, and by March 22, the Friends had received nearly 100 entries, about half from students and half from adults. “The entries have come from throughout the Detroit metropolitan area, as we had hoped,” Hunnicutt told LJ. The newspaper and radio coverage was invaluable for achieving this result.” Winners will be announced in April. An awards event will be held during National Library Week, April 18-24 at the Main Library.