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Challenging but Rewarding

“The Newbery Medal: Past, Present and Future” taught by K.T. Horning is a class I would highly recommend for those of your furthering your interest in the Newbery Award or to become a Newbery committee member.  The class only lasts six weeks and is demanding, but highly rewarding.  Each week there are required readings including personal selections of previous Newbery winners, supplementary readings and online book discussion forums with leading questions posed by K.T.  These discussions were often lively and offered various thoughts and viewpoints from our classmates. We also considered the clearly defined criteria the committee is charged with when looking for distinguished qualities in children’s literature. What I found interesting was the makeup of our class, we weren’t just all librarians; we had authors, teachers, people who loved to read, others just interested in the Newbery and its history and others interested in furthering their professional development through…

Morris Seminar

Morris Seminar: The Man, The Day, The Experience

I remember first hearing about the Bill Morris Seminar from a very active colleague in ALSC, but I was just a little bit too late to even be considered for the first seminar as all the participants had been selected and had accepted their invitations. I was politely told by a staff member in the ALSC office that the next seminar would be held in January of 2010, at ALA Midwinter in Boston. Trust me, that was a date I wasn’t going to forget. I closely monitored the ALSC website for the announcement of when the applications were available for the 2010 seminar. I made sure it was completed with every ounce of useful professional knowledge I could pick out of my brain and chose my two professional colleagues who also had to write letters of recommendation. And then I waited. I received the phone call from Jenny Najduch, Program…