Public Awareness Office

Katja Torneman wins 2013 Carnegie Medal for 'Anna, Emma and the Condors'

SEATTLE — Katja Torneman, producer of “Anna, Emma and the Condor,” is the 2013 recipient 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 the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 25– 29, in Seattle.

David Diaz, Benjamin Alire Sáenz win Pura Belpré Awards

SEATTLE — David Diaz, illustrator of “Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert,” and Benjamin Alire Sáenz, author of “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,”are the 2013 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 experience in children’s books. The awards were 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.

Ethan Long wins Geisel Award for 'Up, Tall and High!'

SEATTLE — Author and illustrator Ethan Long is the 2013 recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for “Up, Tall and High!” published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. 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. 25 – 29 in Seattle.

2013 Batchelder Award honors Dial Books for 'My Family for the War'

SEATTLE — Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc is the winner of the 2013 Mildred L. Batchelder Award for “My Family for the War.” 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. 25 – 29, in Seattle.

Newbery – Katherine Applegate, Jon Klassen win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

SEATTLE— Katherine Applegate, author of “The One and Only Ivan,”and Jon Klassen, illustrator of This Is Not My Hat” are the 2013 winners of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, the most prestigious awards in children’s literature.

YALSA announces 2013 Alex Awards

SEATTLE — 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 2013 Alex Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and Booklist, were announced today at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Jan. 25 – 29.

The 2013 Alex Award winners are:

ALA applauds Macmillan Publishers’ entry into library market

SEATTLE – On the eve of its national Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, the American Library Association (ALA) welcomed the announcement from Macmillan Publishers that it will enter the library e-book lending market by the end of March 2013. ALA President Maureen Sullivan today released the following statement:

ALA President welcomes new Pew report on 'Library Services in the Digital Age'

CHICAGO — Maureen Sullivan, president of the American Library Association (ALA), submitted the following statement regarding the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project report, “Library Services in the Digital Age,” that was released today. The report examines the role of libraries in communities, how people use libraries and their websites and the kinds of services people would like to see from libraries and librarians.

Public libraries chosen to receive $50,000 in training, support to help high school students learn skills to distinguish fact from opinion

CHICAGO – Three public libraries have been selected to receive more than $50,000 in training and support under the News Know-how initiative that helps students, grades 10-12, learn skills that will help them distinguish fact from opinion, check news and information sources and distinguish between propaganda and news.

Students will work with librarians, journalists and news ethicists in the program funded by the Open Society Foundations and administered by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF).

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