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COLA Awards

Every year COLA recognizes people and organizations who have made significant contributions to the quality of Rhode Island libraries.

Two scholarships are awarded to RI residents enrolled in URI’s GSLIS: one Linda Aldrich School Library Scholarship and one William Bergeron Public Library Scholarship to students whose records of academic achievement and professional engagement signal future contributions to RI libraries.

COLA also recognizes exceptional service by Rhode Island Friends of the Library groups. by awarding up to three William E. Reeves Friends Awards. Friends groups may apply in the categories of fundraising, programming, or outreach. Click here for an application. 

Also each year, a “Sweetheart of the Year” is chosen. COLA’s sweethearts have been people who excel in library advocacy and commitment to RI libraries and COLA’s mission. Among those visionaries are Senators Claiborne Pell and Jack Reed, who have supported library service across the nation, as well as the late Alan Axelrod, who knew how to galvanize library supporters to action.

COLA looks forward to increasing library cooperation among all types of libraries throughout RI as it advocates for legislation that benefits every citizen of the State. With COLA’s energetic, enthusiastic advocacy, the future looks bright for library service in Rhode Island.


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