2017 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award Winner

Snipes Academy of Arts & Design receives the 2017 Maureen Hayes Award

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2017 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award to the Snipes Academy of Arts & Design, Wilmington, North Carolina.

The award, sponsored by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, is designed to provide up to $4,000.00 to an ALSC member library to fund a visit from an author/illustrator who will speak to children who might otherwise not have had the opportunity to hear from a nationally known author/illustrator.

Through a partnership with several different organizations including the New Hanover County Public Library, SnipesAcademy of Arts & Design will use the funds to host Christian Robinson for a two day visit.  Christian Robinson is a role model for the students of the Academy where the population is 90% African American.

The two day program will include two workshops led by Mr. Robinson on How a Book is Made, a Jr. Illustrator Workshop and an Evening With A Gentleman, where he will be the guest speaker at the 1st Annual End of the Year WATCH D.O.G.S. for DADs Ceremony (WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering).

“Newbery Medal winner, Christian Robinson will motivate the students to aspire to soaring heights in careers in arts and publishing,” said Jennifer Mae Smith, Grant Administration Chair, “The committee was happy to see a tie in with DADs.  Involving the parents and guardians will serve to reinforce the inspiration the children will gain from Mr. Robinson”.  

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.

Members of the 2017 ALSC Grant Administration Committee include: Jennifer Mae Smith, chair, Suffern (New York) Free Library; Robert Bittner, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada; Patricia Finnerty, Pioneer Library System, Canandaigua, New York; Eileen Makoff, PS 90 Edna Cohen School, Brooklyn, New York; Penny Markey, County of Los Angeles Public Library; Valerie McCurdy, Broward County Libraries, Weston, Florida; Amy E. Sears, Teaneck (New Jersey) Public Library; Gwen Vanderhage, Brodart, Williamsport, Pennsylvania; Bethany Vangrin, Harford County Public Library, Maryland.

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