ALSC accepting applications for 2nd Annual Bookapalooza program

Contact: Aimee Strittmatter

ALSC Deputy Director

For Immediate Release

October 2, 2007

ALSC accepting applications for 2nd Annual Bookapalooza program

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2nd annual Bookapalooza program. The program will offer select libraries a collection of materials that will help transform their collection and provide the opportunity for these materials to be used in their community in creative and innovative ways. The program aligns with ALSC’s core purpose of creating a better future for all children through libraries.

Each year, the ALSC office receives almost 3,000 newly published books, videos, audiobooks and recordings from children’s trade publishers. The materials are primarily for children age birth through 14 and are submitted to the ALSC award and media evaluation selection committees for award and notables consideration. The Bookapalooza program was created to find new homes for these materials once the award and notables selection process is completed for the year.

ALSC will select three libraries to receive a Bookapalooza collection of materials, published in 2007, to be used in a way that creatively enhances each library’s service to children and families. Libraries must be located in the United States and the applicant must be a personal member of ALSC.

Details and applications are available on the ALSC Web site at, click on "Awards and Scholarships." The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, November 30, 2007. The ALSC Executive Committee will review applications. Winners will be announced at the ALSC Board meeting during the 2008 Midwinter Meeting, and the recipients will be notified the first week of February 2008.

The Association for Library Service to Children is a network of more than 4,200 children's and youth librarians, children's literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults committed to improving and ensuring the future of the nation through exemplary library service to children, their families, and others who work with children.