Awards and Honors
Clare Vanderpool wins Newbery
The 2010 Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature went to Clare Vanderpool for "Moon Over Manifest," published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. This big-hearted, multi-generational epic set in small-town Kansas alternates between World War I and the Great Depression but never strays too far from the tough-yet-vulnerable heroine, Abilene Tucker. With a mix of letters, newspaper articles and a fortune teller’s tales, the eclectic people and mysteries of Manifest spring to life. “Vanderpool illustrates the importance of stories as a way for children to understand the past, inform the present, and provide hope for the future,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Cynthia K. Richey. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) awards the Newbery Medal, named for 18th-century British bookseller John Newbery.
Erin E. Stead wins Caldecott
Erin E. Stead, illustrator of "A Sick Day for Amos McGee," won the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book for children published in the United States during the previous year. In this tender tale of reciprocity and friendship, zookeeper Amos McGee gets the sniffles and receives a surprise visit from his caring animal friends. Stead’s delicate woodblock prints and fine pencil work complement author Philip Stead’s understated, spare and humorous text to create a well-paced, gentle and satisfying book, perfect for sharing with friends. “Endearing, expressive characterization in spare illustrations rendered in muted tones distinguish this timeless picture book,” said Judy Zuckerman, Caldecott Medal Committee chair.
Williams-Garcia, Collier win Coretta Scott King Book Awards
Rita Williams-Garcia, author of "One Crazy Summer," and Bryan Collier, illustrator of "Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave," were the winners of the 2011 Coretta Scott King Book Awards honoring African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.
"One Crazy Summer," published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins, tells the story of 11-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters as they travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to face the emotional challenge of reaching out to a distant mother and learn about a different side of the civil rights movement. Themes of friendship, family, and identity intertwine with broader social issues in this compelling historical novel. “This winning title is thought-provoking and features complex, well-developed characters,” said Jonda C. McNair, award jury chair.
In "Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave," written by Laban Carrick Hill and published by Little, Brown and Company, Dave, a slave in 19th-century South Carolina, demonstrated extraordinary talent and skill to achieve creative success. At a time when it was illegal for slaves to read and write, the eloquent poetry on Dave’s remarkable pots provided inspiration and hope to those who had none. “Bryan Collier has crafted a stunning visual tribute to the life of an unsung American artist,” said McNair.
The 2011 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award was given to Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon, authors of "Zora and Me," published by Candlewick Press, and Sonia Lynn Sadler, illustrator of "Seeds of Change," written by Jen Cullerton Johnson and published by Lee & Low Books. "Zora and Me" is a fictionalized account of one childhood summer of the legendary author and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston. Young Zora’s storytelling talents are on display as she and her friends cope with racial tensions, a mysterious death, and a rumored half-man, half-alligator in small-town Florida. "Seeds of Change" is an inspiring biography of Wangari Maathai (known as “Mama Miti”), the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner whose motto, “Plant a tree,” changed the face of Kenya. Her deceptively simple words motivated the rest of the world to be more conscious of the environment. Occasionally awarded, the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award offers visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustrations at the beginning of a career as a published children’s book creator.
Tomie dePaola wins Wilder
Author and illustrator Tomie dePaola was the recipient of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honoring an author or illustrator whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. His works include "26 Fairmont Avenue" (Putnam, 1999), "Strega Nona" (Prentice-Hall, 1975), "The Legend of the Poinsettia" (Putnam, 1994), and "Oliver Button Is a Sissy "(Harcourt, 1979). The award is administered by ALSC and is named for its first recipient in 1954.
Sy Montgomery, Nic Bishop win Sibert
Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop, author and photographer/illustrator of "Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot," were named the winners of the Robert F. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children published in 2010. This visually appealing and engaging book takes readers on an unforgettable journey to New Zealand. Naturalist Montgomery and wildlife photographer Bishop document the successes and failures of the rescue team dedicated to saving a species of flightless parrot numbering fewer than 100.
Listening Library wins Odyssey
Listening Library, an imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group, won the 2011 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production for "The True Meaning of Smekday." The award, given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, is jointly administered by ALSC and YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association) and sponsored by Booklist magazine. Honor recordings were "Alchemy and Meggy Swann," written by Karen Cushman, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, and produced by Listening Library; "The Knife of Never Letting Go," written by Patrick Ness, narrated by Nick Podehl, and produced by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio; "Revolution," written by Jennifer Donnelly, narrated by Emily Janice Card and Emma Bering, and produced by Listening Library; and "will grayson, will grayson," written by John Green and David Levithan, narrated by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl, and produced by Brilliance Audio.
Paul R. Gagne, Melissa Reilly Ellard win 2011 Carnegie
Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard of Weston Woods were the recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video for "The Curious Garden." Established with the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Carnegie Medal honors an outstanding American video production for children released during the previous year. The award is administered by ALSC. As of 2010, the Carnegie Medal Committee combined with the Notable Children’s Videos Committee to become the Carnegie Medal/Notable Children’s Videos Committee, which chooses the Carnegie winner and compiles the Notable Children’s Videos List.
Delacorte Press wins Batchelder
Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, was the winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award for "A Time of Miracles." The award honors an American publisher for the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States during the preceding year.
Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee, Tony Fucile win Geisel
Authors Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee and illustrator Tony Fucile received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for "Bink and Gollie," published by Candlewick Press. The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year. The award is named for world-renowned children’s author Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. Award winners are recognized for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading.
Eric Velasquez, Pam Muñoz Ryan win Belpré
Eric Velasquez, illustrator of "Grandma’s Gift," and Pam Muñoz Ryan, author of "The Dreamer," were the 2011 winners of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award and Author Award, honoring Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books. The awards are administered by ALSC and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking.
Stonewall Book Awards
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the 2011 Stonewall Book Awards named by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table included the Stonewall Book Awards–Barbara Gittings Literature award presented to Barb Johnson for "More of This World or Maybe Another," published by Harper Perennial; the Stonewall Book Awards–Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award presented to Emma Donoghue for "Inseparable: Desire between Women in Literature," published by Knopf; and the Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award presented to Brian Katcher for "Almost Perfect," published by Delacorte Press.
ALA paid tribute to a new Honorary Member at the 2011 Annual Conference, bestowing its highest honor on librarian and author Yohannes Gebregeorgis, founder of Ethiopia Reads. The nonprofit organization establishes children’s libraries in Ethiopia and publishes bilingual and trilingual children’s books, providing the children an opportunity to discover the love of reading and increasing literacy in an entire nation.
Lowry delivers 2011 Arbuthnot Lecture
Lois Lowry, author of more than three dozen books for young adults, including two Newbery Medal–winning novels, delivered the 2011 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture at the Main Reading Room of the St. Louis County Library in St. Louis. Her speech was titled “Unleaving: The Staying Power of Gold.” The ALSC-sponsored event honors May Hill Arbuthnot, distinguished writer, editor, and children’s literature scholar. Each year, an author, artist, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature is chosen to prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature.
Illustrator and author Peter Sís was chosen to deliver the 2012 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. “Peter Sís is internationally recognized for his contributions to the field of children’s literature and we are thrilled to recognize him and his body of work,” said Shawn S. Brommer, 2012 Arbuthnot Committee chair.
Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Practitioner Award
Henrietta Mays Smith, professor emerita at the University of South Florida–Tampa, was the winner of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Practitioner Award for Lifetime Achievement. Smith began her career in 1948 as a children’s librarian and storyteller at the New York Public Library. She has served in numerous capacities within ALA, including on the Newbery, Caldecott, Batchelder, Wilder, and Pura Belpré award selection committees. As part of the Coretta Scott King Task Force since its inception, Smith has edited four volumes about the history of the award. “Dr. Smith’s life’s work has influenced generations of library professionals and readers and embodies the essence of this lifetime achievement award,” noted award committee Chair Barbara Jones Clark.
Three win Diversity Research Grants
Three research projects received 2011 Diversity Research Grants, which include $2,000 and a $500 travel grant: “Information Needs and Barriers of Southeast Asian Refugee Undergraduates” by Clara M. Chu, Trae Middlebrooks, Leatha Miles-Edmonson, and Ashanti White, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Department of Library and Information Studies; “Diversity in Technology Integration Leadership” by Daniella Smith, University of North Texas College of Information’s Department of Library and Information Sciences; and “Achievement Gap of Asian American Professional Librarians at the Top of Career Ladders,” Jian-zhong “Joe” Zhou, California State University–Sacramento Library. The Office for Diversity began sponsoring the program in 2002 to address critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science and as part of ALA’s continuing commitment to diversity.
Alire recognized for achievement in library diversity research
Camila Alire, dean emerita at the University of New Mexico Libraries and Colorado State University Libraries, was named the 2011 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree by the ALA Office for Diversity. Alire’s contributions to the professional literature include titles on leadership and diversity, recruitment and retention of librarians of color, library service to Latinos and diverse populations, library marketing and advocacy, and disaster recovery. Alire has served as 2009–2010 president of ALA, president of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and president of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking . She received her master’s in library science from the University of Denver and a doctorate in education from the University of Northern Colorado.
I Love My Librarian Award
The winners of the 2010 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award were Paul Clark, Clay County (Florida) Library System; Ellen M. Dolan, Shrewsbury (Massachusetts) Public Library; Jeff Dowdy, Bainbridge College Library, Bainbridge, Georgia; Laura Farwell Blake, Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Melissa McCollum, County of Los Angeles Public Library; Kelley I. McDaniel, Helen King Middle School, Portland, Maine; Patricia J. Updike, Webb Street School, Gastonia, North Carolina; Doug Valentine, McKillop Elementary School, Melissa, Texas; Christina Wagner, Goodman South Madison Branch Library, Madison, Wisconsin; and Stefanie Wittenbach, Texas A&M University–San Antonio. Each of the 10 award winners received a $5,000 cash award and was honored at a ceremony and reception hosted by the New York Times.
The award encouraged library users to recognize the contributions of librarians to their communities, schools and campuses. During year three, 2,000 nominations were received, with more than 1,400 individual nominations. Nominations were received for all 50 states.
Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant
Southern State Community College library of Hillsboro, Ohio, won the 2011 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant. Sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing and administered by the ALA’s Public Awareness Committee, the $3,000 grant is awarded annually for the best public awareness campaign in support of National Library Week. In 2010, libraries were asked to develop a proposed public awareness campaign using the 2011 National Library Week theme, “Create your own story @ your library.”
In the summer of 2009, the community of Hillsboro and Fayette County saw three major employers leave the area, resulting in an 11.2 percent unemployment rate. The Southern State Community College library used the Create your own story @ your library theme as a platform for promoting library services that help the residents of Fayette County start a new chapter in their lives and careers.
Activities planned for National Library Week focused on the whole community as they coped with difficult economic times. A key part of the program was a job fair for adults and teens showcasing local businesses in need of employees, as well as presentations on online job seeking, resume writing classes, and interview skills workshops. In addition, a gallery night for people of all ages focused on how area residents have transformed their hobbies and personal interests into rewarding careers.
During National Library Week, the library worked with public and school libraries in the county to promote programs and the unique resources each library has to offer the community. The library continued to work with its National Library Week partners throughout the year with activities including reading programs, awareness campaigns, and book, food, and clothing drives in the hope of creating a unified message about the role libraries play serving the community.
PLA awards and honors
The Public Library Association (PLA) recognized a number of individuals and libraries for providing the best in public library service and innovation: Angelina Benedetti, winner of the Allie Beth Martin Award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor; the Huntsville (Texas) Public Library, winner of the Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award; Anna Bates, Rebecca Clarke, and Jenna Hecker, recipients of the DEMCO New Leaders Travel Grant; the Independence (Kansas) Public Library, winner of the EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award; Melanie Miller, winner of the Gordon M. Conable Award, sponsored by Library Systems & Services LLC; Noble County (Indiana) Public Library, winner of the Highsmith Library Innovation Award; David Newyear, winner of the Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award; and the Costa Mesa (California)/Donald Dugan Library, winner of the Romance Writers of America Library Grant.
Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award
The Harmony Middle School Library in Overland Park, Kansas, was named winner of the 2011 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming, presented annually by the Public Programs Office in collaboration with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Ronda Hassig, librarian at Harmony Middle School, developed and submitted the winning program, which brought seventh graders together with local poet Bonnie Lynn Tolson to create poetry and art around the theme of homelessness. The Sara Jaffarian Award was established in 2006 to recognize and promote excellence in humanities programming in elementary and middle school (K–8) libraries. The $4,000 award was presented during the Auditorium Speaker Series presentation of William Joyce at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.
RUSA names notable books
The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) announced its annual list of Notable Books—25 very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books for the adult reader published during 2011—and its Reading List, which represents the best writing in eight adult genre areas currently popular with readers. In 2012, RUSA will also announce the Listen List selections, a new award honoring outstanding audiobook titles. Lists of winners, RUSA literary news and other book recommendations are available at www.literarytastes.com.
The Alex Awards are given annually to 10 books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults ages 12 through 18. The 2011 Alex Award winners were: "The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To" by DC Pierson; "Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness," "Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard" by Liz Murray; "Girl in Translation" by Jean Kwok; "The House of Tomorrow" by Peter Bognanni; "The Lock Artist" by Steve Hamilton; "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake" by Aimee Bender; "The Radleys" by Matt Haig; "The Reapers Are the Angels" by Alden Bell; "Room: A Novel" by Emma Donoghue; and "The Vanishing of Katharina Linden" by Helen Grant.
Margaret A. Edwards Award
The Margaret A. Edwards Award for significant and lasting contribution to writing for young adults was given to Terry Pratchett for his books "The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents," "The Wee Free Men," "A Hat Full of Sky," "Going Postal," "The Colour of Magic," "Guards! Guards!, Equal Rites, Mort, and Small Gods." The Margaret A. Edwards Award, presented by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal, was established in 1988 to honor an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work that have been popular over a period of time. The award is named for Margaret Edwards, a pioneer in young adult services who worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.
William C. Morris Award
The William C. Morris Award honoring a book by a first-time author writing for teens went to Blythe Woolston for "The Freak Observer." In the novel Loa—a strong, intelligent, hardworking 16-year-old girl—experiences a year of loss. While trying to take care of her family and make it through school, she ponders the laws of physics as she tries to understand what can never make sense. “With insightful humor and an impressive economy of language, Woolston brings a fresh voice to teen fiction that will challenge and delight readers,” said Award Chair Summer Hayes.
Michael L. Printz Award
The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature went to "Ship Breaker" by Paolo Bacigalupi. Honor books were "Stolen" by Lucy Christopher; "Please Ignore Vera Dietz" by A. S. King; "Revolver" by Marcus Sedgwick; and "Nothing" by Janne Teller. The annual award for literary excellence is administered by YALSA and sponsored by Booklist magazine. The award, first given in 2000, is named for the late Michael L. Printz, a Topeka, Kansas, school librarian known for discovering and promoting quality books for young adults.
YALSA honors nonfiction for teens
YALSA recognized "Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing" with the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award for the best nonfiction book written for teens.
YALSA member awards
YALSA awards to members included the Baker & Taylor Conference Grant, which went to Yvonne Miller and Sarah Wethern; the BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant, which went to Melanie Feyerherm and Keri Weston; the Great Books Giveaway, which was won by Oakhurst Middle School in Clarksdale, Mississippi, followed by runners-up Colleton County High School in Walterboro, South Carolina, and Fletcher (Oklahoma) Public School; the YALSA/VOYA/Frances Henne Research Grant, which was given to Shannon Crawford Barniskis; and the MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens, which went to Katie George.
ALSC recognizes excellence with professional awards
ALSC recognized several libraries and librarians for their outstanding service in the field with a number of awards and grants. Winners included Dudley Carlson, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Award; West Palm Beach Library, which received the ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Program Grant; and the three winners of the Bookapalozza Program Grant: Houston Elementary School in Spartanburg, South Carolina; the Meade County Public Library in Brandenburg, Kentucky; and the Florence (South Carolina) County Library System in Florence. The Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award went to the McArthur Public Library and Biddeford (Maine) Intermediate School Literacy Team; Richmond (California) Public Library was the recipient of the 2011 Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved Grant; Victoria Penny and Allison G. Kaplan were winners of Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowships; and the four winners of the Penguin Young Readers Award were Patricia M. Carroll, from Shamona Creek Elementary School in Downingtown, Pennsylvania; Allison Hill, from the Bloomington (Indiana) Public Library; Mellissa Sanchez, from Highlands Elementary School in Sugar Land, Texas; and Laura Simeon, of the Open Window School/Vista Academy in Bellevue, Washington.
Outstanding school library programs recognized
AASL recognized programs in three schools with its National School Library Program of the Year Award: Henrico County (Virginia) Public Schools, North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas, and Pine Grove Middle School in East Syracuse, New York. Established in 1963, the award recognizes exemplary school library programs that are fully integrated into the school's curriculum. Each winning program receives an obelisk and a $10,000 prize donated by Follett Library Resources.
Freedom to Read Foundation awarded grants
For the second year, the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) awarded grants to local libraries and organizations so they could hold their own Read-Outs and other events to celebrate the freedom to read. Grants included $2,500 each to Bay County (Florida) Public Library and the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression in Charlottesville, Virginia, and $1,000 each to the Thomas F. Holgate Library at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina; the Springfield–Greene Country (Missouri) Library District; Skokie (Illinois) Public Library; and the North Dakota Library Association.
Chris Finan, president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and trustee of the FTRF, was presented with the FTRF Roll of Honor Award for his 30 years of work with booksellers to promote free speech and fight censorship.
AASL names best websites for teaching and learning in 2011
For the third year in a row, the AASL announced the Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning, honoring those sites that enhance learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. The websites honored include Aviary, CK-12 Flexbooks, Conduit, Digital Vaults, Dipity, Edistorm, Edmodo, Exploratorium, Geocube, iCyte, i-Earn, i-nigma QR codes, Kerpoof, Khan Academy, Lingt Language, Microsoft Tag Codes, Myths and Legends, Nota, PicLits, SpicyNodes, Symbaloo, Tagxedo, Yolink Education, You Are What You Read, and ZooBurst.
Marquette University library dean named top academic librarian
ACRL honored 22 outstanding individuals and institutions in 2011, including the recipient of its Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award, Janice Welburn, dean of university libraries at Marquette University. The ACRL also recognized the staffs of a community college, a college, and a university library with its Excellence in Academic Libraries Award for exemplary programs that deliver outstanding services and resources to further the educational missions of their institutions. This year’s recipients were the Santa Barbara (California) City College Luria Library, the Grinnell (Iowa) College Libraries, and the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, North Carolina).
ALCTS award highlights
The late Jan Merrill-Oldham, former preservation librarian at Harvard University, was honored with the Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) and sponsored by EBSCO. The late Edward Swanson was awarded the Margaret Mann Citation for outstanding contributions to cataloging. The Open Folklore Project was named Outstanding Collaboration, and Carol Mandel received the Hugh Atkinson Memorial Award. Presidential Citations were awarded to Mary Beth Weber, outgoing ALCTS newsletter editor, and Kristin Martin, e-forum coordinator.
The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) recognized current and future leaders in the field with a number of scholarships and awards. Among the winners were Carol A. Mandel, New York University, who received the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award; Daniel J. Cohen, George Mason University, who received the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology; Abigail McDermott, University of Maryland College of Information Studies, recipient of the LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award; John Wilkin, University of Michigan and HathiTrust, who was given the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award; Frederica Lush, who won the LITA/Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship in Library and Information Technology; Diamond Camille Sankey, who won the LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology; and Andrea Galbo, recipient of the LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology.
Friends groups win ALTAFF awards
Friends of the San Benito County (California) Free Library and Friends of the Ennis (Texas) Public Library won the 2010 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards bestowed by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF). Each group received a $250 check and a certificate. The two groups were recognized for creativity and innovation; involvement of Friends, library staff, trustees and/or advisory committee; recognition of the Friends group; and promotion of the Friends group to the community during National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 17–23, 2010. In addition, the Friends of the Rains County (Texas) Public Library and the Friends of the Joliet (Montana) Public Library received honorable mentions.
Friends groups at the Salt Lake City (Utah) Public Library, the Carpinteria (California) Library, and the Princeton (N.J.) Public Library received ALTAFF’s Baker & Taylor Awards recognizing them for outstanding efforts to support their library. Each received a $1,000 check and a plaque.
ALTAFF recognizes top trustees
ALTAFF named David B. Hargett (posthumously) and Rose Mosley winners of the 2011 ALA Trustee Citation Award. Established in 1941 to recognize public library trustees for distinguished service to library development, the Trustee Citation honors the best contributions and efforts of the estimated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards.
In Hargett’s three-year tenure as a library Trustee at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, Illinois, he worked tirelessly for his own library and also served on the ALA Website Review Committee. He played a key role in lobbying for funding for a new library and subsequently became chairman of the Building Committee. Hargett died in 2010, but the new library was dedicated March 26, 2011—as was the David B. Hargett Quiet Reading Room. Mosley is serving her fifth six-year term as Trustee at the Maywood (Illinois) Public Library, which thanks to her role in four successful referenda to support its operating budget and building program has grown from one of the smallest (950 square feet) in Cook County into a 42,000-square-foot information and resource center serving the community. Mosley was ALTAFF president in 2009–2010.
New Jersey State Library wins advocacy award
ALTAFF, in cooperation with ALA President Roberta Stevens and President-elect Molly Raphael, announced that the New Jersey State Library (NJSL) was the recipient of the 2011 ALA Presidential Award for Advocacy for its Snapshot Day campaign to show New Jersey lawmakers the value of library services to their constituents. In 2009, when the campaign was developed, 288 participating libraries of all types took more than 900 photos of visitors using library services; the photos, comments, and a summary sheet were used as both the NJSL and the New Jersey Library Association went on legislative visits. Library patrons and staff also contacted their elected officials…with the result that $3.6 million was added back into the state library’s budget. The Snapshot Day idea has been adopted by ALA as an initiative, and more than 30 states have used it to provide visible evidence of the way libraries change lives every day. The ALA President’s Award for Advocacy brings with it $1,000 for the winning state campaign for the further development of citizens as advocates.
Other ALTAFF awards
Dottie Howard Bell, a trustee of the Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport, Louisiana, was awarded the 2011 ALTAFF/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant of $850 to attend the 2011 ALA Annual Conference. The grant, made annually to a public library trustee who has demonstrated qualitative interests and efforts in support of his or her local library, is made possible by an annual gift from Gale Cengage Learning and is administered by ALTAFF.…U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) received ALTAFF's 2011 Public Service Award during National Library Legislative Day activities in Washington in May. In 2009, Grijalva introduced the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLS) Act, which would establish a goal of having not less than one highly qualified school library media specialist in each public school. While the bill has not been passed, Grijalva remains a strong supporter of the act and of libraries. The Public Service Award is given annually to a legislator who has been especially supportive of libraries.
ALTAFF designates three Literary Landmarks
Mansfield (Texas) Public Library was designated a Literary Landmark by ALTAFF in recognition of the contributions of author John Howard Griffin (1920–1980). Griffin’s book "Black Like Me" chronicles his experiences in 1959, when he darkened his skin and lived as a black man for seven weeks while traveling through Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama. Griffin and his family lived in Mansfield during the time his social experiment took place.
The Tahlequah (Oklahoma) Public Library won Literary Landmark status in honor of Woodrow Wilson Rawls (1913–1984), the author of two children’s books: "Where the Red Fern Grows" and "Summer of the Monkeys." Rawls’s early childhood was spent on his mother’s Cherokee allotment 13 miles northeast of Tahlequah, along the Illinois River in Cherokee County. Rawls visited the Carnegie Library in Tahlequah when he was young and later wrote, “The day I discovered libraries was one of the biggest days of my life. Practically all of my spare time was spent there. I read everything I could get my hands on pertaining to creative writing. I didn’t just read those books, I practically memorized them.”
The Beauregard-Keyes House in New Orleans was named a Literary Landmark in honor of Frances Parkinson Keyes (1885–1970), who made the house at 1113 Chartres St. her winter residence from 1945 until her death. Two of her 51 books, "The Chess Players" and "Madame Castel's Lodger," are set at the house and tell of its construction and early habitation, and it was there that Keyes wrote "Dinner at Antoine’s," her best known work. The house was the residence of Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard from 1866–1868, while he was the president of the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Railroad.