The Betty Roemmelmeyer Advocate Award

The Betty Roemmelmeyer Advocate Award is given to a teacher, librarian, or other advocate who exhibits a love of children’s literature and strives to share it with others. The award winner is chosen by a selection committee and announced at the Festival luncheon each year. Anyone wishing to make a nomination should send a letter of recommendation to the Children’s Literature Centre by January 1st of each year.

Who is the lady behind the award?

Betty Louise Roemmelmeyer

December 3, 1920 – April 10, 1986

Betty Roemmelmeyer was an admirable teacher. Throughout her career, she was an active member of many social and academic organizations. She was President of the Allegany County Retired Teachers’ Association, a member and past historian of the Tri-State Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, Chair of the Committee on Christmas Decorations at the Woman’s Civic Club of the Cumberland area, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International – Eta Chapter, a member and past officer of Preceptor Rho Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, Deacon of the Consistory at Zion United Church of Christ in Cumberland, a retired Assistant Professor of Education at Frostburg State University, and a staunch supporter of the Spring Festival of Children’s Literature at Frostburg State University. Betty Roemmelmeyer’s legacy is a superb knowledge of curriculum, teaching strategies, and a true love of children’s literature.

Dr. Emily Milleson - 2016 Recipient

Congratulations to all of our past recipients!

  • 2016 - Dr. Emily Milleson
  • 2015 - Anne O'Hare
  • 2014 - Dr. Edward Root
  • 2013 - Ellen Mager
  • 2012 - Jackie "Elsie" Brady
  • 2011 - Kim Collins
  • 2010 - Roberta Clarke
  • 2009 - Nancy Sudine
  • 2008 - Margaret E. Vorous
  • 2007 - Mary Rogers
  • 2006 - Fred Powell
  • 2005 - Connie Wilson
  • 2004 - Betty Calhoun
  • 2003 - Patricia Macchiarolo
  • 2002 - Jonathan Whetstone
  • 2001 - Kathy Gess
  • 2000 - Ellen Sause
  • 1999 - Carolyn Brown
  • 1998 - Angie Fentress
  • 1997 - Cassie Whetstone
  • 1996 - Barbara Ornstein
  • 1995 - Jonathan Shirley
  • 1994 - Sharon Ashby
  • 1993 - Mary Margaret Ward
  • 1992 - Thomas Palardy
  • 1991 - Nancy Reed
  • 1990 - Janet Simmons
  • 1989 - Barbara Six
  • 1988 - Estelle Williamson
  • 1987 - Jane Guyton
  • 1986 - Margaret Hamilton
  • 1985 - Ada Schrock

Contact Us

Children's Literature Centre
Frostburg State University
206 Frampton Hall
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532

Email: clc@frostburg.edu
Phone: 301.687.3133