Public Awareness

#1000BlackGirlBooks founder Marley Dias to support Library Card Sign-Up Month 2021

CHICAGO—Marley Dias, author, executive producer and founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, is taking on a new role as honorary chair of Library Card Sign-Up Month. This September, Dias will join the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide in promoting the power of a library card.

Celebrate the joy of reading with Miss Piggy and Kermit READ® poster tees

CHICAGO – Apparel and accessories company Out of Print is collaborating with the American Library Association (ALA) on the debut of its Disney Miss Piggy and Kermit Muppets READ® tees. The T-shirt will feature a vintage image of Miss Piggy and Kermit among the library stacks originally released in 1981 as part of ALA’s READ® poster campaign promoting literacy.

'Everything Sad is Untrue (a true story)' wins 2021 Printz Award

CHICAGO – “Everything Sad is Untrue (a true story),” written by Daniel Nayeri and published by Arthur A. Levine, an imprint of Levine Querido, has won the 2021 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) today announced the winner during the ALA Midwinter Virtual, held, Jan. 22 - 26.

In an autobiographical novel, middle-schooler Daniel, formerly Khosrou, tells his unimpressed and at times cruel classmates about his experience as an Iranian refugee.

'If These Wings Could Fly' wins 2021 William C. Morris Award

CHICAGO – “If These Wings Could Fly,” written by Kyrie McCauley and published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, has been named the 2021 winner of the William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. The award was announced today by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) at the American Library Association’s ALA Midwinter Virtual, held Jan. 22 – 26.

Core Announces the 2021 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists

The Core Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction presents the 2021 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists. The lists are composed of notable children’s and young adult science fiction published between November 2019 and October 2020 and organized into three age-appropriate categories. The annotated lists will be posted on the website at www.sfnotables.org.

New York Times's 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones to serve as 2021 Preservation Week® Honorary Chair

CHICAGO—Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and New York Times Magazine journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones has been appointed as the honorary chair of Preservation Week 2021, celebrated April 25-May 1, 2021.

Hayward librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award

Jayanti Addleman recognized with national public service honor

CHICAGO — Jayanti Addleman, director of library services for Hayward (California) Public Library, is a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) for her inspiring leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, she was selected from 1,865 nominations from library users across the country.

10 winners receive prestigious I Love My Librarian Award for outstanding public service

CHICAGO – Today the American Library Association (ALA) announced 10 winners of the coveted I Love My Librarian Award. Honorees are exceptional librarians from academic, public and school libraries who were nominated by patrons nationwide for their expertise, dedication and profound impact on the people in their communities. 

Boston librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award

Jessica Bell recognized with national public service honor 

CHICAGO — Jessica Bell, director of the library and instructional design at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, is a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) for her outstanding contributions to the Institute’s research and instruction, she was selected from 1,865 nominations from library users across the country.