For immediate release | August 17, 2011

ALSC’s “Children and Libraries” honored with writing award

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to announce that its journal, Children and Libraries, (CAL) received a 2011 Apex Award for Publication Excellence.

Three Children and Technology columns from the 2010 volume year won an Award of Excellence in the category of “Writing: Regular Departments & Columns.” Members of ALSC’s Children and Technology Committee authored the winning articles: “Coloring a New World of Librarianship, Participating in the 21 Tools Program” by Gretchen Caserotti and Kelley Beeson; “Technology and Television for Babies and Toddlers” by Natalie Arthur; and “Consumerism, How it Impacts Play and its Presence in Library Collections” by Jill Bickford. The CAL columns were among 192 winners in the Writing category, which received 643 entries judged primarily on the basis of editorial quality.

"We are delighted with this honor," said ALSC President Mary Fellows. "We're terrifically proud of our member authors, our editor, Sharon Verbeten, and our member advisory committee for Children and Libraries. Their excellent work, like that of so many other ALSC members, is helping ALSC create a better future for children through libraries."

The Apex Awards are sponsored by Communications Concepts, Inc., an organization that supports publishing, public relations and marketing professionals in the improvement of publications and communications programs. For more information about the awards, visit

Children and Libraries, published three times a year by ALSC, a division of the American Library Association, serves as a vehicle for continuing education of librarians working with and on behalf of children. It presents current scholarly research and practice in library service to children, interviews with authors and illustrators of children’s literature and news from the association. ALSC members receive CAL as a perquisite of membership; subscriptions also are available. For more information about CAL, visit For more information about ALSC, visit


Laura Schulte-Cooper