ALA Midwinter 2012

A Bear in a Tutu: My First ALA Award Committee

It all ended with a bear in a pink tutu sitting on my keyboard. I arrived in my office weary and weighed down with books on Tuesday, January 24th, still in recovery mode from my whirlwind trip to ALA Midwinter where I had participated in my first ever ALA Award Committee. I opened a package on my desk and there she was…Lucille Beatrice Bear.  Star of the 2012 Carnegie Medal winning film Children Make Terrible Pets. Her pink bow slightly crooked on her square bear head. It was the perfect end to an incredible experience. In October 2010 I received an e-mail from then ALSC President Julie Corsaro inviting me to become a member of the Notable Children’s Videos and Carnegie Medal Committee. I had just finished my year as an ALA Emerging Leader and was eager to get more involved with ALA and ALSC. I began my two year…