Kansas City Public Library Employee Receives Distinguished Professional Honor

For Immediate Release:
February 9, 2012
Contact: Paul Smith
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Kansas City Public Library Employee Receives Distinguished Professional Honor

The Kansas City Public Library is pleased to announce that Readers’ Services Manager Kaite Stover will receive the 2012 Allie Beth Martin Award, one of the top honors for public library service given out by the Public Library Association (PLA).

In PLA’s official announcement, Stover is recognized for “the expertise she brings to reading initiatives within her community and into the library world at large.” Her crucial role in organizing and executing KCPL-sponsored reading initiatives – including four Big Read programs – as well as her many expert presentations and workshops on readers’ advisory services at conferences nationwide helped distinguish her nomination from a competitive field.

“Kaite Stover is a national treasure whom God and the Public Library Association have given in trust to the Kansas City Public Library for the benefit of readers in Kansas City and the world,” said Library Director Crosby Kemper III. “She is deeply well read but more importantly she is unsurpassed in her ability to find other readers the perfect book, the proverbial good read. Her colleagues admire her, her patrons adore her, and her director is proud of her.”

Since joining KCPL in 2006, Stover has reinvigorated the annual Winter Reading Program for adult readers; it has seen significant participation growth every year. She has also served as a public face for the Library, including her stewardship of the FYI Book Club partnership with The Kansas City Star, frequent appearances on KCUR 89.3 FM to discuss books, and her weekly personalized reading recommendations passed on to Kansas City booklovers via Facebook and Twitter. 

Stover holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Communications from the State University of New York - Oswego and master’s degrees in English and Library Science from Emporia State University. She belongs to the American Library Association, Public Library Association, Reference and User Services Association, and the National Book Critics Circle as well as the Missouri Library Association and Kansas Library Association.

The Allie Beth Martin Award provides recognition and a $3,000 honorarium to a librarian who demonstrates an extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials as well as a distinguished ability to share that knowledge in a public library setting. The award is sponsored by Baker & Taylor.