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Jerry Pinkney 2016 recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

BOSTON – Jerry Pinkney is the recipient of the 2016 Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The announcement was made today by the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held Jan. 8-12, in Boston.

'George' and 'The Porcupine of Truth' win 2016 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

BOSTON – “George” by Alex Gino (Oakland, CA), published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.; and “The Porcupine of Truth” by Bill Konigsberg (Chandler, AZ), published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., are the 2016 recipients of the Stonewall Book Awards—Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award.

2016 Schneider Family Book Awards recipients named

BOSTON – The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 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 the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Boston, Jan. 8 - 12.

YALSA announces 2016 Alex Awards

BOSTON – 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 2016 Alex Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and Booklist, were announced today at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Boston, Jan. 8-12.

The 2016 Alex Award winners are:

'The Sympathizer,' 'Hold Still,' receive 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

BOSTON —The American Library Association selects “The Sympathizer,” by Viet Thanh Nguyen, published by Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, as the winner of the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and “Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs,” by Sally Mann, published by Little, Brown, and Company, Hachette Book Group, as the winner of the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction.

Harvard’s Jonathan Zittrain to lead panel on creativity, innovation and transformation at Midwinter Meeting

BOSTON – Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder, director, and faculty chair, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, will be a featured speaker, along with American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman and other ALA leadership, in a discussion on how library professionals can further emphasize the critical value of libraries to decision-makers and influencers. 

How do you do YouTube?

Panel will discuss how libraries can leverage this versatile medium

Washington, D.C. – The internet’s favorite repository for cat videos has undergone an unexpected transformation in the last 10 years. Okay, YouTube is still a repository for cat videos, but more than that, it’s a place of curiosity and community. 

From glass half empty to glass half full: evaluating the current ebook environment

Washington, D.C. – Three years ago, major publishers refused to sell ebooks to libraries, no one knew how to download an ebook file, and the staffs of public libraries were hit with an unforeseen surge of patron interest in ebooks.  Now that the dust has settled and the ebook market has matured, where are we?   A distinguished panel of speakers will sort out that question as they describe how things have changed and what libraries can expect in the not so distant future during a panel presentation being held at the American Library Association (ALA

A bevy of new books, products, special events at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting

Longer hours and easy access near the ALA Lounge and Networking Uncommons in the North Lobby, Level 1 of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) make it convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting.  The ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by and examine the many new and bestselling items available!

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United for Libraries to present ‘Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations’ at Midwinter

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania - United for Libraries will present “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 156AB, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

The popular, free Nuts & Bolts program will feature speakers addressing topics of interest to Trustees, Friends, Foundations and advocates. Those planning to attend the Nuts & Bolts program at the ALA Midwinter Meeting should RSVP to


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