This award is presented at the annual fall luncheon to a public library for the purpose of establishing or improving a library collection.

The award was established to honor the late Dick Johnston, who was a member of the Metro-Detroit Book & Author Society and served as its president in 1980 and 1981. Mr. Johnston was president of the Michigan Library Association and Director of the Birmingham and Bloomfield Township Libraries.

Past Grant Awardees

  • Hazel Park Public Library (2017)
  • Hazel Park Public Library (2014)
  • Roseville Public Library (2014)
  • The Howell Carnegie District Library (2013)
  • Brandon Township Library (2012)
  • Auburn Hills Public Library (2011)
  • Hazel Park Public Library (2010)
  • Dearborn Heights Public Library (2009)
  • Milan Public Library (2008)
  • Madison Heights Public Library
  • Roseville Public Library
  • Oakland County Reference Library
  • Bacon Memorial Library (Wyandotte)
  • Pontiac Public Library
  • Wayne Co. Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
  • Springfield Township Library
  • Oak Park Public Library
  • Wayne County Jail Library
  • Lincoln Park Public Library
  • Clinton Chippewa Valley Library
  • Hamtramack Public Library
  • Wixom Public Library
  • River Rouge Public Library
  • Wayne Public Library
  • Oxford Public Library
  • Royal Oak Township Public Library
  • Macomb Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
  • Centerline Public Library
  • Brandon Township Public Library
  • Ecorse Public Library
  • St. Clair Shores Public Library