Kent District Library is pleased to announce that Darius Quinn is the recipient of the Library Champion Award. The annual award honors individuals and organizations for their advocacy and support of KDL.
Quinn is recognized for his work in helping KDL move towards ensuring their library services better reflect the diverse needs of the community. His efforts as a consultant to KDL’s administration and EDI workgroup have been inspiring, and his measured approach to helping to grow KDL’s organizational culture around inclusiveness has been invaluable. He has facilitated community discussions and collaborative efforts between KDL and underserved communities to promote the library to all of Kent County. Quinn also played a role in bringing the Men of Color Read program to Kent County.
“I am truly humbled to receive this award. When I first set out to work with KDL I never thought about what the work would mean to me personally; rather I saw it has another opportunity to make a positive impact on our community by engaging in meaningful equity work,” said Quinn. “When I talk about equity work, I’m simply talking about those actions that we can take to make our services, products, etc. more accessible to marginalized and other underserved members in our community.”
The award was presented at the Literary Libations event on Thursday, September 16. Previous recipients include Randy Hansen and Amy Van Andel.