2020 Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Banquet information and FAQ's

Celebrate the Newbery, Caldecott, and Legacy award winners at this gala event.


Important information about the 2020 Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Banquet related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

As a division of the ALA, ALSC is following the messaging of the Association as a whole in regards to Annual Conference. With ALA Annual Conference canceled, as is the 2020 Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Banquet. However, you can celebrate this year's recepients at The ALA Book Award Celebration on Sunday, June 28th.

Date and location:

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Mariott Marquis, Chicago

Banquet Information

A table can accommodate up to 10 individuals and ensures that attendees will enjoy this exciting evening with their friends and colleagues.

Individual tickets will be available for purchase through ALA Conference registration at www.alaannual.org. Individual ticket holders will find open seating at non-reserved tables. If you order 10 individual tickets from conference registration, you will be ordering 10 individual open-seating tickets. Individual ticket holders who reserved their ticket before the conference will pick up their banquet ticket on their first day of the conference at registration.  If you'd like to add a ticket to your annual conference registration, please send an email to alaregistration@compusystems.com.

Order of Events:

5:45 p.m.
Pre-Banquet Cash Bar Reception
Come early to mingle with friends and colleagues!

6:30 p.m.
Banquet Doors Open

  • Individual ticket holders- You may sit at any unreserved table. Servers will collect your ticket and any special meal vouchers.

  • Table Hosts- The table number on your ticket will correspond with the number of the table (located on a stanchion).  Name tents with your name/organization will be placed on the table. Please provide your tickets (or full sheet of all 10 tickets) to the server.

7:00 p.m.
ALA President Wanda Kay Brown will make opening remarks.

Dinner served - a special meals email will be sent to individual ticket holders and table hosts (to forward to their guests) several weeks before the banquet

8:30 p.m. (approx)
The ALSC President will bring a brief welcome and convene the award presentation for the medalists and honorees. The program also features acceptance speeches from Newbery Medalist, Caldecott Medalist, and Legacy recipient.

10:00 p.m. 
Receiving line 


Bus schedule
The hotel is located on the ALA Shuttle Bus route and there is will be a shuttle that runs from the Convention Center to the hotel. The last shuttle bus, en route to the hotel, will leave the Convention Center at 8:00 p.m.  Return service from the hotel to conference hotels will run from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. and will use the same route numbers as the regular daytime service.  The last bus will leave the hotel at 11:00 pm. A shuttle schedule is located here.

Help! I've lost my ticket.
Please visit the information desk, located outside the banquet room doors, as soon as possible upon your arrival. Your name will be verified against a roster and you will be issued a replacement ticket to present to your server.

Will tickets be available at the door?
Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door.  

On occasion, a guest will not be able to attend.  If far enough in advance, they may try to sell the ticket on ALSC-L.  We have also had situations where those who have extra tickets bring them to the information desk, free to the first person who inquires about extra tickets at the desk.

Are there assigned seats? How do I find a seat?
Those who purchased an individual ticket are not assigned a seat.  You may sit at any unreserved table.  As a reminder, doors open at 6:30 p.m.   Attendees will not be allowed in the room before this time, so that hotel staff can finish setting the room and make final preparations for this special evening.

Those who purchased a table will receive a table assignment in advance and a table ticket.  One representative may check-in with an ALSC staff member, at the information desk next to the banquet room doors, and gain early access to place seating assignments.  Your representative will be asked to leave the room when finished, so that hotel staff may complete their preparations.

What should I wear?
The Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Banquet is a very special celebratory evening.  Guests are encouraged to dress in cocktail attire.  Please bring a wrap or sweater as the room is large and can become cool.  Additionally, you will want to wear comfortable shoes if you plan to go through the receiving line.  There will be a long wait as 1,000 people go through the line.

Vegetarian/Medical Dietary Restrictions
Guest who provided an email address when registering for their individual ticket will receive an email in mid-June with a special web URL where they can place their request. Table hosts will be asked to send the same email request to their guests. Due to deadlines with the caterer, we will not be able to accommodate requests after June 15, 2020.   

Is the cash bar open throughout the dinner?
Yes, a cash bar will be open in the back of the room throughout the course of dinner.

Will the authors/illustrators be signing books?
Our Award and Honorees will not be signing books during the banquet.  However, check the conference program guide.  There is a good chance they will be signing in their publisher’s booth.  There will also be a chance to meet and say a few words to your favorite authors/illustrators in the receiving line immediately after the award ceremony.

Receiving line etiquette
The receiving line is a great way to say hello and convey your congratulations to the Awardees and Honorees.  However, with 1,000 people going through the line, we do ask that you keep your comments as brief as possible so that everyone has a chance to meet the Awardees and Honorees. To ensure a wonderful close to the evening for our honorees and guests, please observe the following in the receiving line:

o The receiving line will close at 11:15 p.m. Please take your place in line before that time. No one will be admitted to the line after 11:15 p.m. No exceptions.

o Please No Photographs, No Autographs

o Please be respectful of awardees, honorees, and fellow attendees: keep your congratulations brief so everyone has the chance to meet our honored guests

Table reservations 

A table reservation ensures that attendees will enjoy this gala evening in the company of their friends and colleagues.

How many seats are there at each table? Each table can accommodate up to 10 individuals.

How much does a table cost? Please see pricing levels outlined below.

I want to sit with 9 of my friends, can I purchase a table? Yes, anyone attending the Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Banquet may place a table order. The table must be purchased as a whole (no partial table sales) and paid for in a single transaction. If you would like to host a table, simply recruit 9 of your friends or colleagues who have not yet purchased individual tickets, and purchase a table at one of the indicated levels in a single transaction by filling out this 2020 Newbery Caldecott Legacy Banquet Table Order form (opens soon). Please note, individually purchased tickets may not be applied toward the cost of the table. .

I need two or more tables. Will they be located together? ALSC makes every effort to locate tables together, as long as your tables are ordered at the same time and at the same pricing level. ALSC is not able to guarantee tables will be co-located if an additional table is ordered after your initial order.

How do I reserve my table? Complete the table reservation when it opens by May 15. Please confirm receipt of your order prior to May 15. Seating is not reserved until payment is received.

How do I request a vegetarian meal? Each table host will be sent an email in early June with instructions to make this request. Table hosts should pass the email/instructions on to their table guests.

How will I receive my table tickets? In mid-June, the ALSC office will email you all ten of your e-tickets with the table number printed on them. You can then distribute the tickets to your table guests.

Notable Level - Priced at $1,100
Ten tickets to the Banquet dinner with guaranteed assigned seating
Full slide in the Banquet PowerPoint, recognized as a Notable Sponsor

Silver Level - Priced at $1,700
Ten tickets to Banquet dinner with choice seating
Full slide in the Banquet PowerPoint, recognized as a Silver Sponsor
Post-event acknowledgment from ALSC in ALSC’s newsletter

Gold Level - Priced at $2,200.
Ten tickets to Banquet dinner with preferred seating
Full slide in the Banquet PowerPoint, recognized as a Gold Sponsor
Post-event acknowledgment from ALSC in ALSC’s newsletter
Post-event acknowledgment from ALSC in ALSC’s journal Children & Libraries.

Question still not answered?

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