Maureen Hayes Award winner announced

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For immediate Release

February 28, 2006

Maureen Hayes Award winner announced

CHICAGO- The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce that Jennifer Smith, Northern Kentucky University, has been selected as the 2006 recipient of the Maureen Hayes Award. The award is designed to provide up to $4,000 to an ALSC member library to fund a visit from an author/illustrator who will speak to children who have not had the opportunity to hear a nationally known author/illustrator.

The W. Frank Steely Library, in cooperation with Artemus Elementary School, and the Ohio Kentucky Indiana (OKI) Children's Literature Conference, will bring well-known author, Eric Kimmel, to Artemus Elementary School, in the Appalachian region of Kentucky, in November 2006.

“A visit from Eric Kimmel, national author and storyteller, will provide a very unique opportunity for our students,” said Artemus principal Bill Dixon. “We believe that it is important to provide as many educational opportunities to our students as we possibly can, but without additional funding sources, we often are not able to provide the needed money.”

“We hope to increase their appreciation of diverse types of literature,” said Media Specialist Diana Mills. “We have many talented students who, due to geographic and economic conditions, are not able to participate in projects such as this unless provided by the school.”

Members of the Maureen Hayes Award Committee are: Floyd Dickman, chair, Columbus, Ohio; Crystal Faris, Waldo Community Library, Kansas City, Mo.; Judith Rovenger, Westchester Library System, Ardsley, N.Y.; and Deborah Wright, Newport News Public Library System, Newport News, Va..

The Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award was established in 2005 with funding from Simon & Schuster Children's publishing to honor Maureen Hayes for her life-long efforts to bring together children and authors/illustrators. In the 1980s, Maureen Hayes was the Director of Library Services for Atheneum, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.

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