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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,
  • 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,
  • Member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International – Eta Chapter,
  • Member and past officer of Preceptor Rho Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi,
  • Deacon of the Consistory at Zion United Church of Christ in Cumberland,
  • Retired Assistant Professor of Education at Frostburg State University, and
  • Staunch supporter of the Spring Festival of Children’s Literature at Frostburg State University.
Betty Roemmelmeyer

Betty Roemmelmeyer’s legacy is a superb knowledge of curriculum, teaching strategies, and a true love of children’s literature.

Congratulations to all of our past recipients!

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Pictured: Recipient of the 2021 Betty Roemmelmeyer Advocate Award, Dr. Sarah O'Neal, with co-founder of the Children's Literature Centre, Dr. Bill Bingman.

  • Winners by Year
    • 2021 - Dr. Sarah O'Neal
    • 2019 - Ali Schilpp
    • 2018 - Dr. Kris McGee
    • 2017 - Kristy Rubeck
    • 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 - Dr. Barbara Ornstein
    • 1995 - Jonathan Shirley
    • 1994 - Sharon Ashby
    • 1993 - Mary Margaret Ward
    • 1992 - Dr. Thomas Palardy
    • 1991 - Nancy Reed
    • 1990 - Janet Simmons
    • 1989 - Barbara Six
    • 1988 - Estelle Williamson
    • 1987 - Jane Guyton
    • 1986 - Margaret Hamilton
    • 1985 - Ada Schrock