Calling all writers and book lovers: Nominations open for Richland Library honor
Richland Library Friends seeks individuals who have made significant contributions to promote literature and libraries. The nonprofit arm of the county library has announced a call for nominations for the Lucy Hampton Bostick Award, named in honor of the former Richland Library director.
Bostick lead the library system from 1928 until 1968. In that time, she established a bookmobile service and introduced the circulation of classical music recordings. Bostick served as president of the South Carolina Librarians and was responsible for statewide legislation to make literature available free to citizens of South Carolina.
The award recognizes her commitment to foster interest in Southern literature and history, improve cultural life in Columbia and promote library appreciation throughout the state.
Anyone can be nominated, including a South Carolina author, someone who has written a significant literary work on South Carolina or an individual in the Midlands who has significantly advanced the interest in books or libraries.
The award, which includes a medal and a cash honorarium, will be presented at the Friends Annual Meeting in late summer.
Past winners include S.C. Humanities Council Executive Director Randy Akers, novelist and short story writer Janette Turner Hospital and Patrick Scott, a distinguished professor emeritus in the University of South Carolina’s Department of English Language and Literature.
Nominations must be postmarked by midnight Thursday. Printable forms are available online by calling the Richland Library Development Office at (803) 988-0885.