CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children has awarded the 2017 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award to Emily Bayci, Naperville (Illinois) Public Library; Katy Halpern, Lake Hiawatha (New Jersey) Library; Kathia Ibacache, Simi Valley (California) Public Library; Laura Tucker, Homewood (Alabama) Public Library.
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the United States. The two medal winners will be announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards event at ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday, January 22, 2017.
Kwame Alexander—poet, educator, and award-winning, bestselling author of 24 books for children of all ages, including the 2015 Newbery Medal-winning The Crossover, theNew York Times bestselling novel Booked, and the forthcoming collection of personal essays and basketball rules ThePlaybook—joins ALA President Julie Todaro as speaker on the 2017 Midwinter Meeting President’s Program on Sunday, January 22, 3:30-5:30pm in Atlanta, GA.
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2017 Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved grant. This $3,000 grant, made possible by Candlewick Press in honor of Newbery Medalist and Geisel Honoree author Kate DiCamillo, will go to a library conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already being done.
CHICAGO — Register today for a free webinar on Oct. 14, 2016, to learn how your library can participate in 2017 Money Smart Week, April 22-29. Register at http://bit.ly/2cqny1i and participate in this hour-long webinar that will provide you with resources, promotional materials, programming ideas and ways to partner with others in your community, campus or school to provide Money Smart Week programming at your library.
Award-winning children’s book authors Susan Tan and Margarita Engle will team up on Saturday, January 21st in the Auditorium Speakers Series at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia to discuss diversity in children's books and women authors.
Described by the New York Times as “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years,” acclaimed comedian and hit podcast host W. Kamau Bell will open the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits on Friday, January 20, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Forty-seven books (24 fiction, 23 nonfiction) have been selected for the longlist for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The list is now available on the awards’ website. The six-title shortlist—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—will be chosen from these 47 titles and announced on October 26, 2016.
CHICAGO- American Library Association-Allied Professional Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement regarding the lock-out of Long Island University (LIU), Brooklyn faculty, which includes university librarians.