ALSC announces Bound to Stay Bound Books and Melcher Scholarship winners

Linda Mays

For Immediate Release
July 12, 2006

ALSC announces Bound to Stay Bound Books

and Melcher Scholarship winners

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the 2006 recipients of the Frederic G. Melcher and Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarships.

The scholarships are awarded annually to students who plan to enter ALA-accredited programs, obtain a master's degree in library science and specialize in library service to children.
Applicants must be United States or Canadian citizens.
Recipients are expected to become members of ALA and are required to accept a position in the field of library service to children for at least one year following graduation.

Tami Edwards of Ocala, Florida and Sharon Kieffer of North Haledon, New Jersey are the recipients of the Melcher Scholarship.
Each winner receives $6,000 from ALSC, made possible by contributions received in memory of Frederic G. Melcher.

Kate McGowen of Portland, Maine, Karen Nickell of Odessa, Texas, Kristy Pac of Chicago, Illinois and Cynthia Young of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania are the Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship winners.
Each winner receives $6,500, made possible through a generous contribution from Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc., of Jacksonville, Ill.

Edwards will work to involve her library and community groups with a common goal:
child literacy.
She will attend the University of South Florida.

Kieffer will use her experience in education to develop original curriculums for children's programs in a public library setting.
She will attend Drexel University.

McGowen will continue to present innovative children's programs in her library, through grant funding.
She will attend the University of South Carolina.

As a children's librarian, Nickell's goal is to work with teachers and school librarians to encourage literacy and instill a love of reading and learning.
She will attend Texas Woman's University.

Pac will continue to use her teaching skills when developing creative education programs in the library's youth services department.
She will attend of the University of Illinois.

Young will pursue her interest in collection maintenance and organization, particularly improving access to children's resources through cataloging of materials.
She will attend Clarion University.

Members of the scholarship committee were very impressed with the caliber of applicants.
"Each and every recipient is quite excited to receive the scholarship and to be embarking on a career in children's librarianship," committee chair Mary Cissell said.

In addition to Cissell, University of Southern Mississippi, committee members are:
Kay Evey, Tukwila Elementary School, Seattle;
B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor, N.Y.; Elizabeth Orsburn, Free Library of Philadelphia; and Susan Pine, New York Public Library.

Applications for the 2007 scholarships will be available on the ALA Web site beginning in October 2006, at , or send an e-mail to