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Awards


McAllen Public Library won 3 International Festivals and Events Association awards for the South Texas Book Festival (2019)


McAllen Public Library has won our first ever International Festival and Events awards for the 2019 South Texas Book Festival! Amongst those awards is a Gold Award for Best Invitation for the Murder Mystery Fundraiser.

McAllen Public Library won 11 Texas Festivals and Events Association awards for the South Texas Book Festival (2019)

Your McAllen Public Library won 11 awards at this year’s Texas Festivals & Events Association Annual Conference! Among those awards were the following for STBF:

Gold: Best Event Program (South Texas Book Festival), Best Educational Program (Spirit Week, South Texas Book Festival), Best Event Within an Event to Benefit a Cause (Masquerade Murder Mystery Fundraiser), Best Social Media Campaign (South Texas Book Festival)

Silver: Best Social Media Site (South Texas Book Festival), Best Program Cover Design (South Texas Book Festival), Best Event Invitation (Masquerade Murder Mystery Fundraiser)

Bronze: Best Street Banner (South Texas Book Festival)

REBRANDING OF THE SOUTH TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL RECEIVES A 2019 TLA BRANDING IRON AWARD


The Texas Library Association (TLA) has awarded a 2019 Branding Iron Award to McAllen Public Library. This award honors the creative work libraries do to promote their programs, resources, and events. MPL received recognition in the Rebranding category for the promotional campaign that revamped the McAllen Book Festival to the South Texas Book Festival. The Branding Iron Awards, presented every year in ten public relations categories, are announced at the TLA Annual Conference.

LARK BRANCH LIBRARY RECEIVED A 2018 READER’S CHOICE AWARD BY THE MONITOR


In October 2018, The Monitor awarded the Lark Branch Library with a Reader’s Choice Award for Best Customer Service in Hidalgo County.

AWARDED THE ACHIEVEMENT OF LIBRARY EXCELLENCE AWARD, 2014-2019


MPL has received the Achievement of Library Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Director’s Association (TMLDA) for six consecutive years. TMLDA is an affiliate of the Texas Municipal League. Each year TMLDA confers awards for outstanding contributions to public libraries.

To successfully receive the Achievement of Library Excellence Award, the applicant must exhibit excellence in providing services to underserved and special populations, in enhancing services, in marketing their programs and services in innovative ways, in promoting cultural, topical, and educational programming, in providing literacy support, in providing summer reading clubs, in pursuing collaborative efforts, in supporting workforce development, in providing for digital inclusion, and in comprehensively training staff.

MPL NAMED MOST BEAUTIFUL LIBRARY IN TEXAS 2016 BY TECH INSIDER


In July 2016, McAllen Public Library’s Main Library went viral again when it was chosen as the most beautiful library in Texas by tech, science, innovation and culture digital publication, Tech Insider. The article listed the most beautiful library in each state in the nation. MPL was honored to be chosen to represent Texas libraries. 

McAllen is ranked at the top once again. This time it’s for the transformation of an abandoned Walmart into the most beautiful library in Texas. To find the most beautiful libraries in each state, Tech Insider looked at past and current award-winners as judged by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) awards.

NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 100 LIBRARIES IN THE WORLD TO FOLLOW ON FACEBOOK


In 2013, MPL was ranked #38 on a comprehensive list of the top 100 libraries in the world to follow on Facebook by library, design, and marketing expert Matt Anderson. 

WINNER OF THE AIA 2013 HONOR AWARD & COVER OF TEXAS ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE


MPL’s architecture continues to receive international attention by winning the American Institute of Architects 2013 Honor Award. The award is a coveted international prize that only 28 out 700 worldwide submissions received. In addition to the award, the March/April issue of Texas Architect not only features an article detailing MPL’s achievement, our unique teen wall that borders our teen social space, Area 3918, is featured on the cover of the issue.

NAMED WINNER OF THE 2012 LIBRARY INTERIOR DESIGN COMPETITION


The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the Buildings and Equipment Section of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) selected MPL as the first place of the 2012 Library Interior Design Competition in the category of Public Library Over 30,000 square feet. The award honors excellence in library interior design, incorporating aesthetics, design creativity, function and satisfaction of the client's objectives.

After winning first place of the 2012 Library Interior Design Competition, MPL was featured in Time Magazine, Huffington Post, The New York Times, L.A. Times, NBC Latino, Texas Monthly, and Slate, among other notable publications, bringing the former Wal-Mart into the international spotlight.

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