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Feb 03: YALSA names 2014 Fabulous Films for Young Adults

PHILADELPHIA The Young Adult library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), today announced its 2014 Fabulous Films for Young Adults list. The list identifies a body of films relating to a theme that will appeal to young...

Jan 31: RUSA reveals Notable Books List winners in outstanding fiction, nonfiction and poetry

PHILADELPHIA — The expert readers advisory and collection development librarians of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, have selected the winning titles for the 2014 Notable Books List—an annual literary award that identifies...

Jan 29: American Library Association announces 2014 youth media award winners

PHILADELPHIA — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

A list of all the 2014 award...

Jan 29: America’s libraries are rung on ladder of opportunity

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association (ALA), released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s recent State of the Union address:

“President Obama’s State of the Union speech focused on many themes that form the basis of...

Jan 29: ALA receives IMLS grant to assess impact of library public programs

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced today that it received a National Leadership Grant of $99,996, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The funds will support a one-year project, entitled the National Impact of Library Public...

Jan 29: ALA Council approves new Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council, at a Tuesday session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, approved the new Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity.

The award, which ALA intends to present at its Annual Conference in Las Vegas,...

Jan 29: AASL celebrates innovative teaching during Digital Learning Day

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) again joins the Alliance for Excellent Education and other national educational associations and organizations in celebrating the third annual Digital Learning Day on Feb. 5, 2014. Digital Learning Day is a nationwide celebration of...

Jan 29: Become a confident grant writer with online PLA course

CHICAGO — In the competitive world of grants, it helps to have an inside edge. Sharpen your edge with a new online course,“How to Win Grants for Your Library,” from the Public Library Association (PLA). This four-week course...

Jan 29: Exploring digital libraries

CHICAGO—In “Exploring Digital Libraries: Foundations, Practice, Prospects,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, Karen Calhoun offers a thought-provoking, authoritative, and in-depth treatment of the digital library arena. Her book provides...

Jan 29: Programming for children and teens with autism spectrum disorder

CHICAGO — Those who understand the unique sensitivities of young people with autism spectrum disorder, now the second most commonly diagnosed serious developmental disability, know that ordinary library programming guides are not up to the task of effectively serving these library users. Barbara...

Jan 29: Yuyi Morales y Meg Medina ganan premios Pura Belpré

FILADELFIA — Yuyi Morales, ilustradora de “Niño Wrestles the World” y Meg Medina, autora de  “Yaqui Delgado Wantsto Kick Your Ass,” fueron seleccionadas como las ganadoras del Premio por Ilustración Pura Belpré 2014, y el Premio al Autor Pura Belpré 2014...

Jan 28: 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits — Thousands of attendees engaged in conversation

PHILADELPHIA Productive conversations, sessions, problem-solving and networking throughout the Pennsylvania Convention Center and other venues at more than 1,800 meetings and events gave the 12,189 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 3,796...

Jan 28: 2014 Amelia Bloomer List highlights feminist books for young readers

PHILADELPHIA — The Amelia Bloomer Project, a product of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table’s (SRRT) Feminist Taskforce, announced the 2014 Amelia Bloomer List at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, held Jan. 24-28, 2014.

The bibliography consists of well written and...

Jan 28: 2014 Over the Rainbow list recognizes quality GLBT fiction and non-fiction titles

PHILADELPHIA — The 2014 Over the Rainbow Project book list, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), was announced at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

The bibliography features quality fiction and non-...

Jan 28: 2014 Stonewall Book Awards announced

PHILADELPHIA — The 2014 Stonewall Book Awards were announced yesterday and today by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

The Stonewall Book Awards are given annually to...

Jan 28: Library websites discussed on next American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO—Every library needs a website, but what makes a good site? How can you figure out how to most effectively allocate your resources and build a site that fits the needs of your users, your staff and your community? In “The Library Website” our panel of...

Jan 28: PLA 2014 Virtual Conference brings learning and networking to your desktop

CHICAGO — Registration for the PLA 2014 Virtual Conference is now open. On March 13-14, 2014, the Public Library Association...

Jan 27: Sloin, Duron and McConnell win Stonewall Book Awards for Adult Literature, Non-Fiction

PHILADELPHIA—Hilary Sloin, author of “Art on Fire,” Lori Duron, author of “Raising my Rainbow,” and David McConnell, author of “American Honor Killings” are the 2014 winners of the Stonewall Book Awards, the oldest award honoring books of exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/...

Jan 27: 'The Nazi Hunters' wins 2014 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

PHILADELPHIA — “The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi” written by Philadelphia author, Neal Bascomb, published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., has been named the 2014 winner of the YALSA Award for Excellence in...

Jan 27: Kate DiCamillo, Brian Floca win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

PHILADELPHIA — Kate DiCamillo, author of “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” and Brian Floca, illustrator of “Locomotive,” are the 2014 winners of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, the most prestigious awards in children’s literature.

Kate DiCamillo and Brian...

Jan 27: Greg Pizzoli wins Geisel Award for 'The Watermelon Seed'

PHILADELPHIA — Author and illustrator Greg Pizzoli is the 2014 recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for “The Watermelon Seed” published by Disney Hyperion Books – An Imprint of Disney Book Group. The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a...

Jan 27: Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard win 2014 Carnegie Medal for 'Bink&Gollie: Two for One'

PHILADELPHIA — Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard of Weston Woods Studios, Inc., producers of “Bink&Gollie: Two for One” are the 2014 recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video. The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to...

Jan 27: Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore win 2014 Sibert Medal

PHILADELPHIA — Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore and illustrator Susan L. Roth of “Parrots over Puerto Rico,” were named the winners of the 2014 Robert F. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children published in 2013. The award was announced today by the Association...

Jan 27: 2014 Batchelder Award honors Enchanted Lion Books For 'Mister Orange'

PHILADELPHIA — Enchanted Lion Books is the winner of the 2014 Mildred L. Batchelder Award for “Mister Orange.” The award was announced 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...

Jan 27: Brian Selznick to deliver 2015 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

 PHILADELPHIA — Brian Selznick, author and illustrator, will deliver the 2015 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 27: Listening Library wins 2014 Odyssey Award for 'Scowler'

PHILADELPHIA — Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group, producer of the audiobook, “Scowler”  has won the 2014 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. The award announcement was made today during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter...

Jan 27: Yuyi Morales, Meg Medina win Pura Belpré Awards

PHILADELPHIA — Yuyi Morales, illustrator of  “Niño Wrestles the World,” and Meg Medina, author of “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass,” are the 2014 winners of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award and Author Award, honoring Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays...

Jan 27: 'Midwinterblood' wins 2014 Printz Award

PHILADELPHIA — “Midwinterblood,” written by Marcus Sedgwick and published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, has won the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced...

Jan 27: 'Charm & Strange' wins 2014 William C. Morris Award

PHILADELPHIA — “Charm & Strange” written by Stephanie Kuehn, published by St. Martin’s Griffin, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, a division of Macmillan, has been named the 2014 winner of the William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished...

Jan 27: Markus Zusak wins 2014 Edwards Award for 'The Book Thief,' 'Fighting Ruben Wolfe,' 'Getting the Girl' and 'I Am the Messenger'

PHILADELPHIA — Markus Zusak is the recipient of the 2014 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for “The Book Thief,” “Fighting Ruben Wolfe,” “Getting the Girl,” and “I Am the Messenger.” The Young Adult Library Services Association (...

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