For immediate release | December 28, 2010

New poll on promotes the Youth Media Awards

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CHICAGO – Celebrate the upcoming Youth Media Awards with library lovers from across the country and local library users by voting for your favorite Newbery Medal winning book.

Librarians are encouraged to link to the poll at

The ALA Youth Media Awards honor children and young adult authors, illustrators and producers of children’s audio and video materials. The awards include such prominent literary prizes as the Coretta Scott King Book Award, John Newbery Medal, Michael Printz Award, Randolph Caldecott Medal, Schneider Family Book Awards and 13 other distinguished awards for youth literature. For a complete list of 2011 Youth Media Awards please visit

The poll is the newest feature on, ALA’s public awareness website. Librarians are encouraged to use and repurpose the articles on to highlight the resources available every day at libraries.

Other recent features include articles about online museum exhibits and classic films, as well as an article by Wanda Urbanska on making workplaces greener and advice for teens about understanding the personal long-term impact of social media activity.

All information on the website is available under a Creative Commons license that allows libraries to repurpose content in either an online or print format. All content should be credited to

Content on targets parents, kids, teens and job seekers. The mission of the website is to increase use of libraries.

Librarians attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego can find out more and register for the website’s bi-monthly newsletter by visiting the Campaign for America’s Libraries’ exhibit space, located next to the ALA Press Office in the San Diego Convention Center (Ground Level, Lobby F).

A prize drawing for all new subscribers will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the exhibit space. Four winners will be selected each day. Attendees must be present to win.

Librarians not attending the Midwinter Meeting can still subscribe. To register, visit

The website was launched with funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York, with additional support provided by Disney Book Group. is part of the Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations. For more information, visit


Megan McFarlane