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The Heart of the Library Award


The Heart of the Library Award was created in 2009 by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library to honor Friends volunteers who have gone the extra mile in support of the Friends and the Santa Fe Public Library.


Grace Brill: 2017 Heart of the Library
Grace BrillA long-time Santa Fe resident (twice), Grace Brill describes herself as “a huge library user and a big reader since I was a kid, when my home library was the Tenley Branch of the Washington DC public library.” In 1983 during her first residence in the City Different, she published a humorous opinion piece in the Santa Fe Reporter, asserting that the library bulletin board (at that point, there was only one library!) was about as good a reflection of Santa Fe’s interests and values as anything else in the city. She left Santa Fe for a few years, earned her Master of Library Science in 1989, and spent a decade managing a library in a pharmaceutical company in St. Louis. She returned to Santa Fe in 1999 where she runs a consulting business specializing in market analysis for technology companies and economic development policy. Participation in the fundraising campaign for the Southside Branch Library marked the beginning of Grace’s sustained involvement with the Santa Fe Public Library and the Friends of the Library. She served as co-president of the Friends from 2006-2008; and she also volunteered as a bookstore “stocker” for the Main Library FOL Bookstore for five years from 2009-2014. In addition to her work with the Friends of the Library, Grace served on the City of Santa Fe Public Library Board from 2010-2016. She cites her most significant achievement on the Board as lobbying for a new strategic plan to position the public library to meet community needs in the future. As part of her work on the Board’s pre-planning effort, she also did considerable background research, including interviewing librarians who have been involved in strategic planning projects. Grace also makes time for reading, noting that “Some of the best books I read this year were Hochschild’s Spain in Our Hearts, Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, Winterson’s The Gap of Time, and Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks.” She enjoys gardening, cooking, and hiking. As well, she and her husband have taken up scuba diving and have enjoyed diving in Fiji, Mexico, and the Caribbean; and they are planning a scuba trip to Indonesia. They live in the South Capitol neighborhood with their cat, Jinx.


Jan Duggan: 2016 Heart of the Library
Jan DugganThis year the Friends honor Jan Duggan with our Heart of the Library Award for her years of service to the Friends and the Library. In her own words: I have always loved books. Then I discovered the summer reading program in California where I grew up and I loved libraries. I had two great English teachers. So I majored in English at the University of Redlands and got a secondary teaching credential at UCLA. I taught English and Social Studies (I don’t think it’s called that anymore.) in several junior high and high schools. That is all history. In Santa Fe, where I've lived for close to 20 years now, I got a call out of the blue and was asked if I would like to be on the Friends of the Library Board. I did and spent six years there, which included the Southside Campaign, and concluded with two years as Co-President. After that, I was asked to be on the Library Advisory Board and served for six years, which ended this past July,… but I still do what I can for the Library. I still love books.


2015: Susan Sheldon and James McGrath Morris

2014: Linda Mowbray

2013: Gregg Bemis

2012: Brindle Foundation

2011: Book Sale and Book Store Volunteers, represented by Pat Feather (Main & La Farge), Carol Lachman (Southside), and Stephanie Kosicki (Specials)

2010: Jane Gillentine and Shirley Ortega

2009: Pilar Faulkner, Andrea Gross, and Lisa Bemis