Awards & Scholarships

Oh, the Places You’ll Go
and the People You’ll Meet:
ALSC Awards & Scholarships

ALSC Priority Group III (Awards & Scholarships) is all about People and Places – recognizing ALSC members and their valuable contributions to the profession, honoring literature rich programs, saluting authors/illustrators who bring literature alive for children and adults, and making educational opportunities to attend a conference or obtain a Master’s Degree from an ALA accredited school. Committees in this Priority Group are dependent upon YOU for their success! “So…get on your way!”

You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!”

Would you like to spend a month in sunny Florida (not during hurricane season), surrounded by a most impressive collection of children literature? If so, you might want to consider applying for the Bechtel Fellowship to read and study at the Baldwin Library of the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. Just imagine what you will see, learn and share with the children in your community.

The Penguin Young Readers Group Award provides $600 for travel to and participation in ALA’s annual conference. Given to 4 children’s librarians who have not attended an annual conference before, the Penguin Award will have you “joining the high flyers who soar to new heights.”

If “you have brains in your head” and would like to pursue a Master’s Degree from an ALA accredited school consider applying for the Melcher and Bound to Stay Bound Scholarships. For those who already have the MLS and know a great para-professional/support staff member, you might want to print out the application and encourage them to apply!

And will you succeed? Yes! You will indeed?”

Did you have an outstanding Summer Reading Program? The ALSC/Book Wholesalers Inc. Summer Reading Program Grant committee needs to know about your success if you are to be considered for this award. “You might be the best of the best and top all the rest.”

The ALSC/Tandem Library Books Literature Program Award is given to an individual who has developed and implemented an innovative and outstanding library program for children using literature to inspire and encourage reading. If there is one program in the past year that still gives you goosebumps, do apply for this award. It could “make you the winning-est winner of all.”

The (Maureen) Hayes Award funds a visit from an author and/or illustrator who will speak to children who have never before had the opportunity to hear a nationally known author or illustrator. “Oh, the magical things you can do” for children if you are the selected recipient of this award.

People as brainy and footsy as you.”

Do you collaborate with organizations in your community such as area schools, universities, museums, performing arts centers, etc? If so, you might want to apply for the (May Hill) Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. The Arbuthnot committee selects an individual of distinction who prepares and presents a paper which shall be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature, as well as a host institution for the lecture. Be “a reacher outward and upward” and meet with your partners to consider hosting the lecturer.

To recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to children’s services and ALSC is the role of the Distinguished Service Award committee. We all have a least one librarian who has guided and mentored us, encouraged us to join ALSC, and is passionate about service to children. Is there one person who always attends every conference and has served on a gazillion ALSC/ALA committees while promoting library service to children in their community/ region/state. Please, nominate this person for the DSA. “There is fun to be done!”

Everyone is just waiting.”

Visit the ALSC website to find the deadlines for applying for these awards and scholarships. “Just go right along…Today is your day….Your mountain is waiting…so, get on your way.”

Molly S. Kinney
Consultant for Priority Group III
With appreciation to Dr. Seuss for his insightful words, even when used out of context.

Seuss, Dr., Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, Random House, 1990.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *