Williamsburg, Va. to host ALSC Arbuthnot Lecture

Contact: Laura Schulte-Cooper

ALSC Program Officer

(312 ) 280-2165

For Immediate Release

July 26, 2005

Williamsburg, Va. to host ALSC Arbuthnot Lecture

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to announce that Williamsburg, Va., has been chosen as the site of the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture. Russell Freedman, renowned author of outstanding nonfiction for children and young adults, will deliver the lecture, which will be hosted by the Williamsburg Regional Library with the support of The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

“The 2006 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture falls on the eve of the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the first permanent English settlement in North America at Jamestown, Va. in the spring of 1607,” said Noreen Bernstein, youth services director at Williamsburg Regional Library. “This celebration of events, pivotal in our nation's history, will begin in the spring of 2006. It is a perfect time to gather in Williamsburg to hear Russell Freedman, whose histories and biographies have illuminated our country's past for a generation of young readers.”

The lecture will be held in the historic Kimball Theatre located in Merchant's Square in Colonial Williamsburg. The Kimball, originally completed in 1933, was the first fully operational building in what is now the Colonial Williamsburg restoration. The Williamsburg Community Building, which stands across the plaza from the Williamsburg Regional Library, will be the venue of the post-lecture reception.

The lecture will be held on the evening of Friday, April 28, 2006. Information about purchasing tickets will be posted when available on the ALSC Web site at
www.ala.org/alsc under “Breaking News.”

Members of the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Committee are: Jean Gaffney, chair, Dayton Metro Library, Ohio; Joan Kindig, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.; Katie O'Dell, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Ore.; Martha V. Parravano, The Horn Book Magazine, Boston; and Edward T. Sullivan, Hardin Valley Elementary School, Knoxville, Tenn.