This award is presented at the annual fall luncheon to a Friends of the Library group. The grant is awarded to support a program or project which fills a significant need that impacts the library’s patrons and the community.

The award was established to honor the late Elaine R. Irvin, who was a devoted member of the Metro-Detroit Book & Author Society Board for many years. Elaine worked for the Friends of the Detroit Public Library and was dedicated to the principle that “good libraries need good Friends”.

Past Grant Awardees

  • Novi Public Library (2017)
  • Brandon Township Library (2016)
  • Novi Public Library (2015)
  • Pinckney Community Library (2014)
  • The Wayne Public Library (2013)
  • White Lake Township Library (2012)
  • Harper Woods Public Library (2011)
  • Milan Public Library (2010)
  • Novi Public Library (2009)
  • Garden City Public Library (2008)
  • Chelsea District Library (2007)
  • Huntington Woods Public Library (2006)
  • Brandon Township Library (2005)
  • Lincoln Park Public Library (2003)
  • Northville District Public Library (2002)