Author Karin Slaughter Wins Honor for Her Work as a Library Advocate

Best-selling author Karin Slaughter has been named the 2016 Georgia Public Library Champion of the Year by the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS). Ms. Slaughter, who was nominated for the award by DeKalb County Public Library, is being recognized for work as “a tireless advocate for public libraries."

Among other things, she has hosted fundraisers and donated her own time and money on behalf of DeKalb County Public Library, the Georgia Center for the Book and the DeKalb Library Foundation. Slaughter said she is humbled to receive the award for advocacy work she feels is her duty. “Libraries are the backbone of our educational infrastructure, and I want more people to realize they are necessities, not luxuries,” she stated.

Ms. Slaughter was recognized, along with other GPLS 2016 public library honorees, at a ceremony on February 8, 2017 hosted by the Georgia Council for Public Libraries during the annual Public Library Day at the Georgia State Capitol. Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal attended the ceremony. Earlier that day, Ms. Slaughter also was honored on the floor of the Georgia State Senate with a resolution noting her dedication to Georgia's public libraries.