The Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library (EVPL) has been nominated for a national award, but they need your help to win it!

The Leslie B. Knope Award, named after the fictional character played by Amy Pohler on the TV show, Parks & Recreation, is given out annually by the group, Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL). According to their website, they are "a big-tent organization with more than 1,900 members from across the country...committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in local government through the #13Percent initiative, embracing new technologies, and communicating in a 'human voice' to attract and retain the talented professionals."

The EVPL is one of two library systems nominated in the state of Indiana. Main Library in Bend, Indiana is also nominated for the award along with library's from every state in America.


To determine the winner, ELGL has set up a tournament bracket, similar to how the NCAA basketball tournaments are set up. Voting for the first round is open now through Friday on the ELGL website. To cast your vote for the EVPL, simply provide your name and e-mail address, then enter "Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library" in the space provided.

If they receive enough votes, they'll move on to the second round, where you'll have the opportunity to vote again. Each round lasts one week, with the championship round set for the week of February 26th through March 2nd.

We know how great our libraries are, here's our chance to let the rest of the country know too!