ALA offers unlimited virtual seats for ALA Youth Media Awards webcast

For Immediate Release
Mon, 11/17/2014

Contact:

Macey Morales
Manager Media Relations
Public Information Office

CHICAGO  — The eyes of the publishing world will turn to Chicago at 8 a.m. CT on Feb. 2, 2015, when the American Library Association (ALA) unveils the next classics in children’s and young adult literature.

Thousands of webcast viewers will log on and join more than 1,200 onsite audience members for the announcement of the 2015 ALA Youth Media Awards. The announcements are part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits  taking place from Jan. 30 – Feb. 3 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The ALA, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will announce winners of 19 awards, including the Randolph Caldecott and John Newbery Medals, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards and Michael Printz Award.

The ALA Youth Media Awards honor children’s and young adult authors and illustrators, as well as producers of children’s audio and video materials. Selected titles rarely go out of print and stay on library shelves for decades to come.

Known worldwide for the high quality they represent, the awards are selected under a cloak of secrecy by national judging committees composed of librarians and other children’s literature experts.  Title selections serve as a guide for parents, educators, librarians and those interested in providing children and teens with the very best reading and viewing materials.

Those that are not able to join the webcast can still follow results in real-time following hashtag #ALAyma, or via live webcast the morning of the announcements at ala.org.    

A press release announcing 2015 selections will be available on ala.org shortly after the announcements.  

For more information regarding the ALA Youth Media Awards please visit www.ala.org/yma