For immediate release | February 6, 2014

@ your library video takes you behind the scenes at the ALA Youth Media Awards

CHICAGO — Last week, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia.

An enthusiastic and vociferous crowd greeted the announcements on the morning of Jan. 27 at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

What they didn’t see was the months of preparation by the various committees, which culminated in the ceremony that morning.

In a video produced by the ALA Public Information Office (PIO) for, the ALA’s website for the public, you have a rare chance to take a glimpse behind the scenes, just a few hours before the Youth Media Awards presentation, as the Newbery, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King committees deliver the good news to the winners and those who received honors.

To view the video, visit

Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by judging committees of librarians and other children’s experts, the awards encourage original and creative work. For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, please visit .


Steve Zalusky

Manager of Communications

Public Information Office (PIO)