Peggy Miller (d. 2006)
The Children's Literature Council established the Peggy Miller Young Adult Award to acknowledge her support and contributions to the review of the Young Adult genre. It was first awarded in 2007.
In 1992, Dr. Marilyn Robertson presented the Dorothy C. McKenzie Award to Peggy Miller. At that time, Dr. Robertson said, "Peggy is a trailblazer - a leader - a one-woman network. She was instrumental in establishing libraries in the elementary schools in the LAUSD. She worked with the district staff to convert a space, get shelving put in, and purchase a core collection in school after school over an eighteen-year period. She was also instrumental in making sure that library media centers were included as part of the basic design of any new schools. Today, (1993), Los Angeles's over 400 elementary schools all have school library media centers.
"Peggy was Supervisor of library Services when the district authorized the use of federal funds to hire over ninety elementary teacher/librarians to provide a library instructional program in inner-city schools. She develped an evaluation process for books that involved librarians and teachers in schools. She became a mentor to others. She and her staff got a tremendous amount of information out to schools for ordering purposes - and all this before the advent of computers.
"Peggy also taught Children's Literature classes at USC for 16 years in addition to editing the Booklist for Elementary School Library media Centers, a core collection published and distributed state-wide. She was president of CASL during the time when this state school library organization and the state school media organization, CAEMAT, laid the groundwork for their merger into CMLEA. Peggy also served on the first California Young Reader medal Committee, helping to develop guidelines for our own state book award, the winners of which are decided by votes from children. She was one of the pioneering members of the Children's Literature Council (formerly, SCCLCYP) and a founding member of FOCAL, the support group of the Children's Literature Department of the Los Angeles Public Library.
"Peggy has served as president of SCCLCYP, FOCAL, LASLA, CASL (CMLEA) and has served on numerous ALA Committees including the Newbery/Caldecott, Notable Books, Reluctant Readers, and Best Books for Young Adults."
When accepting the Dorothy C. McKenzie Award, Peggy Miller said that she "believes that a librarian is a catalyst who brings book and child together."