Four librarians selected to receive Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers Award

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ALA News Release


For Immediate Release


May 2001

Four librarians selected to receive Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers Award

Four librarians have been named winners of the 2001 Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers Award. Sponsored by Penguin Putnam, Inc., the award is administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

The recipients are: Joel Bangilan, Houston (Texas) Public Library; Dana Bjerke, Hennepin County (Minn.) Library; Robin L. Gibson, Perry County (Ohio) District Library; and Kate Houston Mitchoff, Multnomah County (Ore.) Library.

Each librarian receives a $600 grant, donated by Penguin Putnam, Inc., to attend the 2001 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 14-20. Recipients of the award must have one to 10 years of experience as a children's librarian, work directly with children and have never attended an ALA Annual Conference.

"We had a record number of applications this year and there were many strong candidates," Committee Chair Judy Zuckerman, New York Public Library, said. "All four winners are involved in state and local library organizations and they have been presenting exciting, creative programs in their libraries. We are delighted to have such talented librarians lending their enthusiasm and energy to the division."

Other members of the selection committee are Patricia M. Curran, Rutgers University; Helma Hawkins, Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library; and Heather Ver Voort, Demco Media.