Conferences/Meetings/Institutes

ALSC President’s Program: Melba Pattillo Beals

By Monday morning of Annual Conference, I’m usually starting to feel the lack of sleep and overload of information catch up with me. This year’s Charlemae Rollins ALSC President’s Program was an invigorating and moving experience that woke the audience, figuratively and literally. To begin, the St. Ailbe’s Children’s Choir of Chicago gave a rousing performance of gospel songs which brought everyone to be ready to hear Melba Pattillo Beals speak. Beals is the author of Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock High School and White is a State of Mind: Freedom is Yours to Choose. Beals urged the audience to be louder about the role of librarians in education. She asked us: without librarians, where would we be? She would not have known who she was, she says, and would not have realized that she as a person was valued. Beals implored…

Children's Literature (all forms)

2009 Caldecott/Newbery/Wilder banquet

Greetings! I’m Anne Heidemann, Children’s, Tween, and Teen Services Department Head for the Canton Public Library in Canton, Michigan. I was delighted to be able to attend this year’s awards banquet celebrating the 2009 Caldecott, Newbery, and Wilder awards. It is always an exciting evening and the glamour and pomp in the air is palpable. After a delicious meal (deep-fried risotto, anyone?), the speeches started with Beth Krommes’ acceptance for the 2009 Caldecott Medal for The House in the Night. Krommes related a charming story about how when she received The Call, she mistakenly assumed the person on the other end was a potential illustration client and began writing down her contact information, only realizing after a few moments that Nell Coburn was actually the chair of the 2009 Caldecott committee. Krommes told us the tale of how this book came to be and what a tremendous effect this experience…