The Public Library is nominated for the Leslie B. Knope Award. (Photo: Ashley Day)

The Public Library has been nominated for the Leslie B. Knope Award—yes, THAT Leslie Knope!

Presented by Engaging Local Government Leaders, the award is meant to highlight “organizations and individuals that motivate, inspire and attract the best and brightest to local government.”

This round includes 32 libraries nominated for the award, which is based on the diligent, stalwart “Parks and Recreation” character Leslie B. Knope (played by Amy Poehler).


The local library is in the Tammy Swanson bracket against Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library in Evansville, Indiana.

Voting continues through Friday. Click here to vote for Chattanooga.

Voters are encouraged to use the hashtag #ELGLKnope when sharing on social media.

ELGL is an organization with a mission to increase diversity and inclusion in local government, embrace new technologies, and communicate in a “human voice” to attract and retain talented professionals.

During a 2009 episode of “Parks and Recreation,” Knope’s parks department engaged in a battle with the Pawnee library department.

In the episode, Knope said the library department was filled with “the most diabolical, ruthless bunch of bureaucrats … like a biker gang, but instead of shotguns and crystal meth, they use political savvy and shushing.”

The Leslie B. Knope Award seeks to find the opposite of the Pawnee library department and, instead, seek the best public library in the country.

Sixteen finalists will compete Feb. 5–9. The overall winner will be announced March 2.