Two new ALA Recognition Awards available

Contact: Cheryl Malden


312-280-3247

cmalden@ala.org



For Immediate Release


February 10, 2003

Two new ALA Recognition Awards available

The American Library Association (ALA) announces the Schneider Family Book Awards and the Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children.

The Schneider Family Book Awards honors an author or illustrator for a book that encourages artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. The book must portray some aspect of living with a disability or that of a friend or family member, whether the disability is physical, mental or emotional. Three recipients will receive $5,000 and a plaque. One award will be given in each category. The categories are: young children, middle school and teens. The donor is Katherine Schneider, senior psychologist and coordinator of training, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children honors an individual who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children while having general management/supervisory/administrative responsibility that has included public library service to children in its scope. The recipient will receive a plaque and recognition artifact. The donor is Peggy Sullivan, a library consultant in Chicago.

The awards will be presented at the 2004 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla., during the ALA awards reception. The applications will be available online May 1, 2003. For more information see the
ALA Awards Web page.