2009 Penguin Young Readers Group Award Winners named

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For Immediate Release

February 10, 2009

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded four children’s librarians with the 2009 Penguin Young Readers Group Award. The award consists of a $600 grant, sponsored by Penguin Young Readers Group, for winners to attend their first ALA Annual Conference.

Cheryl Lee from the Palo Alto (Calif.) City Library; Katherine T. McCabe from the Briarcliff Middle School in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.; Heather Karrick Perkinson from the Falmouth (Maine) public schools; and Sarah Polace from the Cuyahoga (Ohio) County Public Library, Parma-South Branch, are the four winning librarians.Â

“The committee was very impressed with the strength of the applications we received from this pool of talented librarians,” said Beth Blankley, chair of the selection committee.

To be considered for the award, applicants must have less than 10 years of experience as a children’s librarian and work directly with children. Also, the award is only available to first-time conference attendees.Â

ALSC, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,200 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit ALSC’s Web site at

Members of the 2009 Penguin Young Readers Group Award committee include: Beth Blankley, chair, Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Lynn Piper Carpenter, Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library; Peter Howard, Louisville (Ky.) Free Public Library; Tracy-Lyn Van Dyne, Connetquot Public Library, Bohemia, N.Y.