Public Awareness

Nation’s libraries prepare for Money Smart Week®, March 30, April 6

CHICAGO – Financial issues are a constant in our lives. They change as they reflect milestones in our lives. At every stage in life, we are faced with financial issues, whether it means spending our allowance wisely, obtaining loans for college, applying for a mortgage or saving for retirement.

Public Library Association, National Network of Libraries of Medicine join in supporting the NIH’s All of Us Research Program

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has expanded its partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), a program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). In 2017, the two organizations launched Promoting Healthy Communities, a nine-month project to assess health information needs among public librarians and share free health literacy resources. The goal of Promoting Healthy Communities is to increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services.

ALA Council approves new Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council, at a Sunday session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, approved the new Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity.

The award, which ALA intends to present at its Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., recognizes the staff of U.S. libraries who overcome adversity to create lasting innovative community service programs that inspire and connect with readers.

Corey R. Tabor wins Geisel Award for “Fox the Tiger”

SEATTLE– Author and illustrator Corey R. Tabor is the 2019 recipient of the Award for “Fox the Tiger,” published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. 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 & Exhibition held January 25 - 29, in Seattle, Washington. 

Yuyi Morales, Elizabeth Acevedo win Pura Belpré Awards

SEATTLE – Yuyi Morales, illustrator of “Dreamers,” and Elizabeth Acevedo, author of “The Poet X,” are the 2019 winners of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award and Author Award, honoring Latinx authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books.

YALSA announces 2019 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 2019 Alex Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and Booklist, were announced today at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held in Seattle, Washington, from Jan. 25 - 29, 2019.

The 2019 Alex Award winners are:

“The Black God’s Drums,” By P. Djèlí Clark, Published by Tor.com an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, a division of Macmillan

Dr. Pauletta B. Bracy 2019 recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

SEATTLE – Dr. Pauletta Brown Bracy is the recipient of the 2019 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. 25 – 29, in Seattle, Washington.

“Dr. Bracy has been a tireless advocate for high quality African American literature for young people,” said Award Committee Chair Deborah D. Taylor. “She has been an inspirational leader and mentor to countless librarians and education professionals.”

2019 Schneider Family Book Awards recipients named

SEATTLE – The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 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 from January 25 – 29, in Seattle, Washington.   

Philanthropist, author Melinda Gates to serve as 2019 National Library Week honorary chair

CHICAGO – Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has dedicated her life to achieving transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities and societies. Now she will lend her support to advocate for our nation’s libraries as honorary chair of National Library Week, April 7 – 13, 2019.