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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).

ALA to announce the next classics in children’s and young adult literature and media

CHICAGO — Children’s and young adult authors, illustrators and publishing groups are waiting in anticipation for the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Award announcements.   The ALA will announce 19 awards at 8 a.m. PT on Jan. 28 from the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.  The awards include the esteemed John Newbery Medal, Randolph Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King Book Awards and Michael L. Printz Award.

Interviews with the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award winners now available

CHICAGO — From a sign that librarianship was a calling to the culmination of a lifetime of work, winning the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award meant something different to each of the winners. 

Oak Park students learn to distinguish fact from opinion in News Know-how news literacy project

CHICAGO — High school students, using the Oak Park (Ill.) Public Library as their “newsroom,” gained valuable lessons in distinguishing fact from opinion, as they examined news coverage of a wide range of important issues through the News Know-how news literacy project.


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