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Jan 11: Registration now open for PLA’s online train-the-technology trainer course in February
CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting registrations for its "Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer”...
Jan 11: PLA to kick off free advocacy training program on April 12 at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association, is launching Turning the Page 2.0,...

Jan 11: 2011 Amelia Bloomer List announced
SAN DIEGO – The Amelia Bloomer Project, a product of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table’s (SRRT) Feminist Taskforce, announced the 2011 Amelia Bloomer List at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, held Jan. 7-11, 2011.
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Jan 11: 2011 Rainbow Project book list released
SAN DIEGO – The 2011 Rainbow Project book list, a joint project of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table (GLBTRT) and the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), was announced at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 7-11 in San...
Jan 11: First-ever Over the Rainbow bibliography released
SAN DIEGO – The 2011 Over the Rainbow Project book list, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), was announced at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in San Diego.
 
The bibliography features quality...
Jan 11: Why I Need My Library teen video contest launches at ALA Midwinter Meeting

SAN DIEGO– As part of her presidential initiatives, ALA President Roberta Stevens launched a video contest for teens at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego.

Why I Need My Library, which runs...
Jan 11: Apply by April 19 to receive “Let’s Talk About It: The Civil War” program grant

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are now accepting applications for Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion program in America’s libraries. Public,...

Jan 11: Apply by May 5 to host “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” traveling exhibition

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Constitution Center (NCC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is pleased to announce a large-scale tour for the traveling exhibition “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil...

Jan 11: ALA President Roberta Stevens releases statement on California library budget cuts

San Diego – Gov. Jerry Brown released his 2011-12 Budget proposal calling it “painful” and one that requires sacrifice from every sector of the state. The proposal eliminates all state funding for the Public Library Fund, Transaction Based Reimbursement and the California Library Literacy and...

Jan 11: Janice Welburn named ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

CHICAGO — Janice Welburn, dean of university libraries at Marquette University, is the 2011 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services,...

Jan 10: 2011 Stonewall Book Awards announced
SAN DIEGO – The 2011 Stonewall Book Awards were announced today by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego.
 
The Stonewall Book Awards are given annually to...
Jan 10: Eric Velásquez y Pam Muñoz Ryan ganan premios “Pura Belpré”

SAN DIEGO – Eric Velásquez,  ilustrador de “Grandma’s Gift” y Pam Muñoz Ryan, autora de “The Dreamer”, son los ganadores del Premio de Ilustración Pura Belpré 2011 y el Premio al Autor Pura Belpré 2011 respectivamente. La distinción rinde homenaje a los escritores e ilustradores hispanos...

Jan 10: Dr. Henrietta Mays Smith 2011 recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Practitioner Award for Lifetime Achievement
SAN DIEGO – Dr. Henrietta Mays Smith, professor emerita at the University of South Florida, Tampa, School of Library and Information Science, is the winner of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Practitioner Award for Lifetime Achievement. The announcement was made today by the...
Jan 10: 'Ship Breaker' wins 2011 Printz Award

SAN DIEGO – “Ship Breaker,” written by Paolo Bacigalupi, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc., has won the 2011 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) today announced the...

Jan 10: Sy Montgomery, Nic Bishop win 2011 Sibert Medal

SAN DIEGO - Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop, author and photographer/illustrator of “Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot,” were named the winners of the 2011 Robert F. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children published in...

Jan 10: 'Almost Perfect' wins 2011 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

SAN DIEGO – “Almost Perfect” by Brian Katcher, published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York, is the 2011 recipient of the Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award. The award was announced today by the...

Jan 10: Author/Illustrator Tomie dePaola wins 2011 Wilder Award

SAN DIEGO Author/Illustrator Tomie dePaolais the winner of the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honoring an author or illustrator, published in the United States, whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. His numerous works include “26...

Jan 10: Listening Library wins 2011 Odyssey Award for 'The True Meaning of Smekday'

SAN DIEGO – Listening Library, an imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group, producer of the audiobook, “The True Meaning of Smekday,” has won the 2011 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. The award announcement was made today during the American Library Association (...

Jan 10: “Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing” wins 2011 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

SAN DIEGO – ”Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing” written by Ann Angel, Published by Amulet/Abrams, has been named the 2011 winner of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, the first national award that honors the best nonfiction books for teens. The award was presented today...

Jan 10: “The Freak Observer” wins 2011 William C. Morris Award

SAN DIEGO – “The Freak Observer” written by Blythe Woolston and published by Carolrhoda Lab, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, has been named the 2011 winner of the William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by...

Jan 10: YALSA announces 2011 Alex Awards

SAN DIEGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected 10 adult books with special appeal to teen readers to receive the 2011 Alex Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust, were announced today at...

Jan 10: 2011 Schneider Family Book Awards recipients named

SAN DIEGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Schneider Family Book Awards, which honor an author or illustrator for the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. The award was announced today during...

Jan 10: 2011 Batchelder Award honors Delacorte Press for “A Time of Miracles”

SAN DIEGO- Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., is the winner of the 2011 Mildred L. Batchelder Award for “A Time of Miracles.” The Mildred L. Batchelder Award honors an American publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most...

Jan 10: Peter Sís to deliver 2012 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

SAN DIEGO– Peter Sís will deliver the 2012 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. The announcement was made today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 7 – 11 in San Diego.

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Jan 10: Rita Williams-Garcia, Bryan Collier win 2011 Coretta Scott King Book Awards

SAN DIEGO – Rita Williams-Garcia, author of “One Crazy Summer,”and Bryan Collier, illustrator of “Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave,” are the winners of the 2011 Coretta Scott King Book Awards honoring African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young...

Jan 10: Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard win 2011 Carnegie Medal for “The Curious Garden”

SAN DIEGO – Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard of Weston Woods, producers of “The Curious Garden,” are the 2011 recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video. The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of...

Jan 10: Sir Terry Pratchett wins 2011 Edwards Award

SAN DIEGO - Sir Terry Pratchett is the recipient of the 2011 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the award today at...

Jan 10: Eric Velasquez, Pam Muñoz Ryan win Pura Belpré Awards

SAN DIEGO – Eric Velasquez, illustrator of “Grandma’s Gift,” and Pam Muñoz Ryan, author of “The Dreamer” are 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...

Jan 10: American Library Association announces youth media award winners

SAN DIEGO - The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in San Diego.

A list of all the 2011 award...
Jan 10: Clare Vanderpool, Erin E. Stead win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

SAN DIEGO - Clare Vanderpool, author of “Moon Over Manifest”and Erin E. Stead, illustrator of“A Sick Day for Amos McGee,”are the 2011 winners of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, the most prestigious awards in children’s literature.

Clare Vanderpooland Erin E. Stead...

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