Commonly known as 'Santa Calls' Brunner, Denise recognized as the Librarian of the Year 2017!
Ricki Brown Librarian of the Year Award honors outstanding librarians for their contributions and leadership in Abilene. This Award was established by the Friends of the Library to honor former City Librarian Ricki Brown, who headed the Abilene Public Library from 1998-2013 before her passing.
What makes this year's award special is not only it's recipient but also that it was awarded at the NCCIL. Ricki Brown was a long time friend of the NCCIL, and served on its board and chaired the NCCIL's Exhibitions and Programming committee for a number of years. The NCCIL is also celebrating it's 20 years and the exhibition, Twenty Years of Art, was the perfect backdrop for he awards presentation.
Recipients are nominated by the community and and selected in recognition of outstanding leadership and accomplishment in library science representing public, academic, and school libraries in Abilene. Award recipients are announced during the annual Boots & Books Luncheon, while also receiving a $500 award and their name added to a commemorative plaque at the Abilene Public Library.
The following article was published by Abilene Reporter News.
It was Denise Brunner who asked then-Mayor Gary McCaleb years ago to read a certain book to her third-grade class at Valley View Elementary School.
By Greg Jaklewicz, Abilene Reporter News, September 24, 2017