- ALA Annual Conference 2022

Happy 100th Birthday, Newbery Medal

Everyone loves a party!  Especially librarians at #ALAAC2022!  This year, the #Newbery100 Medal celebrated its 100th year, so #ALSC threw a birthday bash.  The festivities included cupcakes, decorations, and party games.

Books with gold Newbery sticker on the cover and Newbery 100 ribbon

After a brief history of the Newbery, guests were treated to a film that showed the covers of all of the Newbery winners and honor books with voiceovers from award-winning authors.  I recently had the opportunity to take ALSC’s The Newbery Medal: Past, Present, and Future class taught by K.T. Horning.  (If you ever have the opportunity, take this class!!!) So, I got chills and was loving every minute of the Newbery celebration.

Author Steve Sheinkin led the party game with a librarian version of his Author Fan Face-off in which librarians played against Newbery authors to answer trivia questions about the authors’ books. It was a very close game with both the librarians and authors “phoning” friends in the audience for help.

Guests even got party favors at the end! Newbery winning authors including Meg Medina, Linda Sue Park, Jerry Craft, and Erin Entrada Kelly signed copies of their books.

Happy Birthday, Newbery! And here’s to many more…

(Photo courtesy of Guest Blogger)

Conference guest contributor Soline Holmes (she/her/hers) is a librarian and the Library/Technology Department chair at Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans, Louisiana. Soline is excited to be back in person at ALA and is looking forward to the Newbery/Caldecott banquet and ALSC’s Newbery 100 Celebration! on Saturday, June 25.  She is a Member-at-Large for ALA’s Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable. She also serves on the Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award committee, is a board member of the New Orleans Information Literacy Collective (2021-22 Chair), and is a Teaching with Primary Sources Network Mentor. She has given presentations on graphic novels, Mother Goose and STEM, Primary Sources, and Global Education at local and national conferences. Soline also co-authored, with Alicia Schwarzenbach, an article about graphic novels as informational texts for Children and Libraries and was interviewed for Book Links about how to best use graphic novels in the classroom.  Most recently, she was selected for and honored to participate in ALSC’s Bill Morris seminar. 

Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.

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