2016 Lucy Hampton Bostick Award winner named

August 1, 2016

Richland Library friends honor literary innovator


After receiving an overwhelming response of nominations for the Lucy Hampton Bostick Award, the Richland Library Friends are proud to announce the 2016 recipient – Helen Fellers. The award recognizes a South Carolina author, someone who has written a significant literary work on South Carolina, or someone in the Midlands who has significantly advanced the interest in books or libraries.

The only candidate nominated by three different people, Fellers’ accomplishments include:

  • More than 50 years dedicated to library services
  • Volunteer on numerous literacy boards & committees
  • Recognition as the Story Lady & Reading Rooster for 15 years
  • Personal connection to Lucy Hampton-Bostick

The award honors Lucy Hampton Bostick, long-time head librarian in Richland County and former Richland Library director from 1928-1968. Bostick is credited with fostering interest in Southern literature and history, improving cultural life in Columbia, and promoting library appreciation throughout the state.

Fellers will formally receive the award, which includes a medal and a cash honorarium, during the Friends Annual Meeting on August 16.

For questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email [email protected].
About Richland Library Friends 
The Richland Library Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to raising support for library programs and spearheading advocacy efforts on behalf of the library. Since 1975, when the Junior League of Columbia, Inc. voted to provide volunteers and the necessary funds to establish a Friends group in Richland County, the organization has played an integral role in raising awareness of the library throughout the community through specifically targeted advocacy efforts and financial support for programs such as the Friends Summer Learning Challenge.