2012 Up and Comer Award - Natalie Bazan

In her short tenure as a librarian and library director, Natalie has turned the Hopkins District Library into a strong community center. Whether participating in a Christmas decorating contest with local businesses, opening the doors to school tutors, or welcoming local yarn enthusiasts, the library is becoming the place to be.

Natalie has led a successful millage vote for permanent library funding, become a successful grant writer to promote collection development, established a Friends of the Library group, developed a website for sharing library ideas, and more in just one year as a library director.

Natalie’s impressive resume of accomplishments pushed her to the top of the list in a field of strong nominations. For these reasons, MLA would like to award Natalie the first Up & Comer Award.

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