Awards & Scholarships

2024 Children’s Literature Lecture featuring Rita Williams-Garcia

ALSC is proud to announce that the 2024 Children’s Literature Lecture will take place at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, together with the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Computing and Information, the Allegheny County Library Association, the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, and the United Black Book Clubs of Pittsburgh, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 in the Main Oakland Lecture Hall.Award-winning author Rita Williams-Garcia will deliver the lecture entitled “A Funny Thing About Memory.” The event will start at 7 pm, followed by a reception and a book signing.

The Children’s Literature Lecture (formerly May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award) celebrates scholarship and critical thinking about literature for children. The Children’s Literature Lecture Award centers on the distinction of its winners, whose diverse voices and perspectives are important in broadening our understanding of and appreciation for children’s literature. Tickets are free. Registration can be found at

Today’s guest contributor is Debby Gold, chair of the Children’s Lecture Award 2024. Debby worked at Cuyahoga County Public Library in Cleveland, Ohio as a Children’s Librarian for 34 years. She has been very active in ALSC and has served on the Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King Jury and was recently on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. Debby is a docent at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and enjoys playing mahjong!

This post addresses ALSC Core Competency #7: Professionalism and Professional Development

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