Lifetime Arts Receives 2013 National Library Week Award from WLS

L to r: Cathy Draper, WLS Board Member; Ed Friedman; Maura O'Malley; Dave Danelson, WLS Board President.

L to r: Cathy Draper, WLS Board Member; Ed Friedman; Maura O’Malley; Dave Danelson, WLS Board President.

On April 18, Lifetime Arts co-founders Maura O’Malley and Ed Friedman received the 2013 National Library Week Recognition Award from the Westchester Library System (WLS) for their outstanding contribution to public libraries.

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L to r: Ed Friedman and Maura O’Malley

The award ceremony was part of the 22nd Annual Book and Author Luncheon held at the CV Rich Mansion in White Plains, NY.

The award was presented by WLS Board Member Cathy Draper and Board President Dave Danelson, who lauded Lifetime Arts for its work with Westchester libraries as well as with libraries around the country.

In accepting the award, the pair expressed their gratitude to the librarians and teaching artists who made the commitment to lifelong learning through the arts for people of all ages.

L to r: Ed Friedman, Maura O'Malley, George Oros, Chief-of-Staff for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

L to r: Ed Friedman, Maura O’Malley, George Oros, Chief-of-Staff for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

Following the presentation Maura and Ed received a proclamation issued by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino who cited Lifetime Arts for “their commitment to libraries, and their place in our communities for learning and connection, and for providing meaningful artmaking programming for older adults in libraries.”

Lifetime Arts team members (l to r): Nathan Majoros, Maura O'Malley, Ed Friedman, Ryann Schermer.

Lifetime Arts team members (l to r): Nathan Majoros, Maura O’Malley, Ed Friedman, Ryann Schermer.

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WLS to Honor Lifetime Arts with National Libary Week Recognition Award

westchester library system logoLifetime Arts is pleased to announce that we will be honored by Westchester Library System (WLS) with a National Library Week Recognition Award at their 22nd Annual Book & Author Luncheon on Thursday, April 18, 2013 which will be held at CV Rich Mansion in White Plains, NY.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. This year’s National Libraries Week theme is “Communities Matter,” and the honorary national chair is Caroline Kennedy.

Since 2009 Lifetime Arts and WLS have partnered to offer nearly 40 creative aging programs in almost as many communities that have directly improved the lives of nearly 600 older adults in Westchester County libraries. In a press release dated February 28, 2013 (PDF), WLS executive director Terry Kirchner discussed the decision to recognize Lifetime Arts this year:

We are… thrilled to honor Lifetime Arts, a non-profit organization that allows WLS to sponsor creative aging projects for seniors. With these programs, the local public libraries have become art making centers, bringing together great teaching artists with librarians and seniors.

Maura O’Malley, Co-founder, President/CEO offered this reaction to the announcement:

Lifetime Arts is honored to be recognized by Westchester Library System.  From the outset, WLS has been an enthusiastic and committed partner with us in pioneering  new programming for older adults in public libraries.   With generous support from the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation, the Creative Aging Libraries Project, has grown from a small local pilot – here in Westchester – to a nationally recognized model for arts-based lifelong learning in public libraries.

We look forward to participating in the event in April and appreciate being recognized for this work in Westchester!