Judith Wines is the recipient of the 2015 ALA Scholastic Library Publishing Award

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/31/2015


Cheryl Malden

Program Officer




CHICAGO – Judith Wines, director at the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (RCS) Community Library in Ravena, New York, has been selected to receive the 2015 American Library Association Scholastic Library Publishing Award.  This special recognition is given annually to a librarian whose “unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people” exemplifies achievement in the profession.

“It is with great pleasure that the 2015 Award Jury recognizes Judith Wines for her creativity in promoting library services to children and young adults,” said Julia M. Warga, chair of the Scholastic Library Publishing Award Committee and associate director of research and instruction at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio.

Wines attained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College (2000) and Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Albany, State University of New York, (2004).  During her professional career, she has been the library director at Altamont Free Library (New York) and an adjunct instructor at Bryant and Stratton College. She has also been a teacher in the Upward Bound and Peace Corps programs. She is currently the library director at the RCS Community Library (New York).

Wines was nominated for her extensive programming and outreach efforts at the Altamont Free Library. In response to a direct need, she developed programs such as “Create Your Skate” and “Boards to Books” which engaged preteen youth with an interest in skateboarding. She provided the preteens with the materials to build their own skateboards, and a place to skate in a nearby park, and in exchange, the youth developed an afterschool and summer reading programs. Other programs she developed include Junior Iron Chef and connecting young people with local professionals such as a juggler, a comic book illustrator, and a microbiologist.

Members of the 2015 ALA Scholastic Library Publishing Award Jury are: Robin Kear, liaison librarian, University of Pittsburgh, , Pittsburgh;  Neely Tang, public services librarian, Cornell University, Ithaca,  New York; Luis Francisco Vargas, youth services officer, San Mateo County Library, Long Beach, California; and Julia Warga (chair).

The Scholastic Library Publishing Award will be presented to Judith Wines at the ALA Award Ceremony at the 2015 American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco. 

The Nomination and application form for the 2016 Scholastic Library Publishing Award can be found at ala.org.