National Association of County Governments (NACo) Awards :
NACo presents a number of awards each year to county officials, their employees and the counties themselves to recognize creativity and imagination.
- 2011 – White Tank Library & Nature Center
- 2011 – Inside the Box – Kids' Newspaper
- 2011 – CheeReaders
- 2009 – Library Dropped Dewey
- 2009 – "In Their Own Words: Holocaust Survivors Probe the Inconceivable," a program presented by Northwest Regional Library
- 2007 – Tomás and the Library Lady project – "Best of Category" in the Libraries Category
- 2005 – "Have Laptops – Will Travel" Portable Computer Lab
- 2005 – "Check It Out – Check It In" – The SmartCheck System
- 2004 – The Mystery Club of Luna Drive was named "Best of Category" in the Libraries Category
- 2004 – SmartCard Technology.
- 2004 – Teen Zine Magazine
- 2004 – Life Options and Productive Aging Portable Library Collection
- 2002 – Best Seller Program
- 1997 – Cooperative Regional Library Service
- 1997 – Mobile Access to the Information Age
- 1996 – Youthmobile
- 1994 – PEAK: Providing Employee Access to Knowledge
- 1994 – Literacy Program
- 1994 – A Visioning Process for Libraries
- 1994 – Youth Services Activity Room
2009 Innovation in Reading Prize
Awarded by the National Book Foundation. Of 150 applicants, Maricopa County Library District was one of five national honorees to receive this inaugural award for our Deweyless libraries.
2006 Arizona Pioneer Award for Quality
Awarded by the Arizona Quality Alliance’s Arizona State Quality Awards Program. The highest level awarded in 2006.
2006 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant
Awarded annually for the best public awareness campaign in support of National Library Week. The Library District arranged with a local children’s theater company to present an original stage adaptation of the book Tomás and the Library Lady to area schools coupled with a library card sign-up campaign. First Lady Laura Bush attended a performance of the play in June 2006.
2005 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award
The recipients represent imaginative and effective public relations campaigns that responded to real community needs: produced real results in terms of improving public awareness and use of libraries. The award is the most prestigious of all library awards in the public relations field. It was awarded for The Mystery Club of Luna Drive project, the District’s first original online serial novel for kids.
2004 The Highsmith Library Innovation Award
The Mystery Club of Luna Drive original online novel for kids project received the award for the most innovative library program in 2004. The award is sponsored by the Public Library Association – a division of the American Library Association (ALA) and Highsmith, Inc.