BEST Award

Bringing Excellence in Service by Teens

The B.E.S.T. Award is given annually to honor a teen that has made a significant contribution to library services. The B.E.S.T. Award is sponsored jointly by the Young Adult Services Divisions of the Suffolk and Nassau County Library Associations.

A commemorative plaque is awarded to a teen winner in each county, as well as a $150 stipend. Each nominee receives a certificate of appreciation and letter of commendation by the B.E.S.T. Award Committee. The winners are selected by a committee of the Young Adult Services Divisions of the Nassau and Suffolk County Library Associations. All entries will remain the property of those divisions.

To be eligible for the B.E.S.T. Award, the teen must meet the following criteria:

• Be a Nassau or Suffolk County resident.

• Be a volunteer, employee or other affiliate of any library related organization.

• Have a library sponsor.

• Submit sponsor recommendation that demonstrates significant contribution to library services.

• Must be between 13 and 19 years of age.

Past B.E.S.T. Award Winners 

2018: Kevin Ryan Mastics-Moriches Shirley Community Library

2017:  Luigia Than Port Jefferson Free Library

2016:  Josh Ramirez, Brentwood Public Library

2013:  Ashley McHugh, West Babylon Public Library

2012:  Ryquasia Bonds, Wyandanch Public Library

2011:  Daniel Roach, South Huntington Library

2010: Alexis Giussepone, Harborfields Public Library

2009: Kristin Fisher, Jermain Memorial Library

2008: Rebecca Goldstein, Longwood Public Library

2007: Christian Escudero, Bayport-Blue Point Public Library