2017 Bookapalooza Winners


New Hampshire, Washington and New York libraries win 2017 Bookapalooza Program

The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2017 Bookapalooza Program to three libraries: Gay-Kimball Library, Keene, N.H.; Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Toppenish, W.A.; and Lewiston Public Library, Lewiston, N.Y.

The award includes a variety of materials from books to DVDs and audiobooks. These materials have been received at the ALSC office from publishers for selection committees to evaluate for awards and notables consideration. To make room for the next year’s publications, Bookapalooza was created to infuse three collections with new materials for children age birth through age 14. 

The Gay-Kimball Library in Keene, like many libraries, has been experiencing budget cuts.  Despite these cuts they have seen an increase in youth collection circulation of 22%.    The materials received will help infuse new items into their three rotating collections which include 1,000 books before Kindergarten bags and pop up libraries which they take out into the community.   “We know that one of the best ways to set our children up for success in school is exposing them to as many books as we can,” states Stephanie Charlefour, Director.

Yakama Nation Library in Toppenish services 12 schools within a five mile radius. They were recently able to expand the shelving for the children and young adult collections and will use the Bookapalooza materials to fill those shelves.    Their increased advocacy with Head Start and Early Childhood Centers has increased material check out, so these materials are needed. By adding current relevant titles they will help generate an interest in reading and help close the achievement gap among students.

An infusion of materials to the Lewiston Public Library will help fill the gap caused by a 10% cut to their operating budget which significantly affected the material budget.  With the materials from the Bookapalooza Program they will update their collection with the newest titles while allowing them to create common core kits for educators, educational kits for homeschoolers and bring more diversification to their collection.   The influx of materials will allow some of the budget to expand their materials for youth with disabilities. 

“Great need for materials for readers is universal among libraries and this program will provide these three libraries with materials that current and future readers will enjoy, learn from and grow with,” said Jennifer Mae Smith, Grant Administration Committee chair.  “The committee is excited to provide these communities with these materials and to know the smiles that will be on the faces of the children as they enjoy the new books, DVDs and audiobooks.”

ALSC, a division of the ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit ALSC’s website at www.ala.org/alsc.

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