Wendy Rios won first place in the adult division of the 2011-2012 Library Friends of San Diego County essay contest with her response to the essay question, "What's next for the Library of the Year?" She donated her prize to the Library Friends of San Diego County to support library materials and programming. Her essay included a variety of suggestions for making the Library of the Year even better.
"When a library wins the distinguished title of 'Library of the Year' many people might think that the library can then rest on its laurels," said Rios. "After all, how can one be better than the best? Fortunately, there is always room for innovation and improvement in services and in availability of materials."