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PEPPERELL — Lawrence Library Director Debra Spratt has announced the library’s receipt of two of the Massachusetts Library Association’s (MLA) 18th Biennial Public Relations Awards, chosen at the association’s annual conference in Sturbridge this month.

Winners were chosen by a panel of judges drawn from the public relations, press and library communities. Evaluation criteria included graphic design, originality and presentation. More than 85 entries were submitted in 17 categories.

Lawrence Library was awarded second place in the event category for the design of a poster and “Lawrence Library: Something to Crow About” canvas bag that promoted its Earth Day celebration in 2005. This year’s successful Earth Day celebration recently concluded.

Spratt and former assistant director Nancy Hayes Clune were presented a certificate by the MLA Public Relations Committee. Spratt thanked the judges for recognizing Hayes Clune’s talents and those of Susan Edwards from Extra Mile Design.

The library also received a second-place award in the merchandise category for the anthology Poetry Night Poems, a collection of poems by area writers who have attended the library’s popular Poetry Night program held each quarter. The project was partially supported by the Pepperell Cultural Council, designed by Pepperell resident Susan Edwards of Extra Mile Design, and coordinated by Nancy Hayes Clune.

With more than 1,000 members, the MLA ( see advocates for libraries, librarians and library staff, defends intellectual freedom, and provides a forum for leadership, communication, professional development and networking to keep libraries vital. Members participated in the recent highly-successful legislative breakfast at Pepperell’s Lawrence Library. — Don Eriksson

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