Coppell’s Cozby Library and Community Commons recently received the Texas Library of Excellence award, earning the honor for the 14th time.
Shelley Holley, director of the Frisco Public Library, said this award is one of the most difficult to receive in Texas because of the extensive judging criteria. Instead of being evaluated on a single event or program, the library is judged on 10 different criteria throughout the year.
“Because we measure the criteria so extensively, it is a remarkable accomplishment when a library gets the Texas Library of Excellence award, and 14 years running is a big deal,” Holley said. “There are over 550 public libraries in the state of Texas, and less than 10 percent get this award.”
Holley said the Cozby library has made a remarkable accomplishment in pulling together community partnerships.
“It is something to be proud of,” she said. “You all have done a remarkable job.”
Dennis Quinn, director of the Cozby Library, said the library staff has focused on community partnerships and leveraging the talent and expertise that is latent throughout the community.
“There’s a strong legacy of community support, goodwill and high excellence in library service for this community, and I’m happy to be the latest role player in this tradition,” he said.