For immediate release | March 13, 2012

Mississippi, Michigan, Massachusetts libraries win 2012 Bookapalooza Program

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2012 Bookapalooza Program to three libraries: First Regional Library, Hernando, Miss.; Conley Elementary School Library, Whitman, Mass.; and Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe-Saginaw Chippewa Academy, Mount Pleasant, Mich.

The award includes a variety of materials from books to DVDs and audiobooks. These materials have been received at the ALSC office from publishers for selection committees to evaluate for awards and notables consideration. To make room for the next year’s publications, Bookapalooza was created to infuse three collections with new materials for children age birth through age 14.
The First Regional Library in Hernado, Miss., plans to distribute its Bookapalooza collection among five libraries that demonstrate the greatest need and to support current and desired programming. Teen volunteers are being recruited to read with younger children and perform reader’s theater using the new materials. In addition, a poetry collaboration project will be conducted with the public schools.
In Whitman, Mass., the Conley Elementary School Library, which has received no funding for four years, will use Bookapalooza materials to update their aged and worn-out collection. A mobile listening library for classrooms and DVD’s for usage on the Promethean boards is also at the top of the list. Additionally, students will be busy reading the new books and writing book reviews and recommendations for the school wiki and Destiny OPAC. The school librarian will be teaching Web 2.0 skills to students using Animoto, Glogster and book trailer production.
The Saginaw Chippewa Academy will use Bookapalooza materials to create an age-appropriate library for its students. Presently the library collection is for eighth graders and older, while the school serves students in pre-K through sixth grade. Also the library receives no funding outside of small donations from their parent group. The librarian plans to use the collection to promote independent reading with a genres project and will utilize materials during summer school.
“The applicants demonstrated a great need for new materials but also provided creative ways to use the variety of Bookapalooza materials they will receive,” said Nancy Baumann, Grant Administration Committee chair. “The committee was pleased and excited about the creative ways the new materials will impact these library programs.”
ALSC, a division of the ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit ALSC’s Web site at
Members of the 2012 ALSC Grant Administration Committee include: Nancy Baumann, chair, University of Missouri School of Information Science & Learning Technologies; Melanie Lyttle, Madison (Ohio) Public Library; Krista Britton, Prince William (Va.) Schools; Lori Hancock, The Lexington School, Ky.; Amy Koester, St. Charles City-County Library District, Mo; Katherine Tekakwitha McCabe, Briarcliff Middle School, N.Y.; Kristine Springer, St. Joseph County (Ind.) Public Library; Tracy-Lyn Van Dyne, Brentwood (N.Y.) Public Library; Vera Wexler, Greenwich Education Group; and Ursula Jacobs-Guidry, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, N.C.


Dan Rude