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Contact: John Chrastka
ALA, Director for Membership Development
(312) 280-2159

For Immediate Release,
January 8, 2008

Youth Media Awards results available in real time on your cell phone

CHICAGO - Unable to attend the 2008 ALA Youth Media Awards or sit in on the live Webcast Monday, Jan. 14th? Get award winners sent directly to your cell phone by text message - as it happens - for free, beginning at 7:45 a.m. EST.

The American Library Association is making results available at the touch of your fingertips through two subscriptions, offering a limited and complete list of winners, respectively.

Text the word "ALA 5" to 32075 in the U.S. and Canada to receive notification of the winners of the following five awards, one text message per award:

  • Newbery Medal
  • Caldecott Medal
  • Coretta Scott King Awards
  • Michael L. Printz Award
  • Pura Belpré Award

You will receive 5 text messages for this subscription, winners only.

For complete results, text the word "ALA 13" to 32075 in the U.S. and Canada to receive notification of the winners of all 13 Youth Media Awards, including the five previously mentioned and the following, one text message per award:

  • Alex Awards
  • Margaret A. Edwards Award
  • Odyssey Award
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
  • Andrew Carnegie Medal
  • Mildred L. Batchelder Award
  • Schneider Family Book Award
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

You will receive 13 text messages for this subscription, winners only.

Results will be limited to the winners. To review the full list of honorable and notable mentions, visit

The 2008 award winners will be announced Monday, January 14, starting at 7:45 a.m. EST. A live Webcast of the award announcements will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; visit for details. The awards press release will be posted online by 10:30 a.m. EST at

Disclaimers: When you subscribe, you will receive a confirmation text message. If you do not receive the confirmation message, you are not subscribed. You must have a text / SMS enabled cell phone to participate in this service. Normal text message charges may apply. ALA is not responsible for any charges incurred from your cell phone provider to subscribe to or receive notices from this service. This is a one-time only subscription. Your cell phone number will not be used for any other purpose, and the subscription list will be disabled at the close of the ALA Youth Media Awards presentation.


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