Awards & Scholarships

Consider applying or nominating a colleague for these ALSC Awards!

Greetings colleagues: the ALSC Professional Recognition and Scholarship Committee would like to make you aware of two exciting upcoming grant opportunities. Please consider applying or nominating! Distinguished Service Award This award honors an individual member of ALSC who has made significant contributions to, and an impact on, library service to children and/or ALSC.  The recipient receives $2,000 and an engraved pin at the ALSC Membership Meeting during ALA Annual Conference. The nomination form can be found here. Nominations and supporting materials are due December 9, 2022. *Please note that distinguished service is not necessarily for lifetime achievement. A single outstanding program, project or idea can also merit consideration! Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award This award, made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group and Random House Children’s Books, provides a $600 stipend to up to four children’s librarians to attend their first ALA Annual Conference….

Awards & Scholarships

The Distinguished Service Award: the Ongoing Legacy of Children’s Services in America

Recently I have been going through files that describe the work of Alice M. Jordan (1870-1960) the pioneering children’s librarian in the Boston Public Library.  Among Miss Jordan’s accomplishments were the following: establishing children’s services in the BPL, creating the New England Round Table of Children’s Librarians, an early and still active professional organization, mentoring Bertha Mahony Miller (1882-1969), who founded the Horn Book Magazine and teaching at Simmons College. Her contemporaries were two other pioneers Anne Carroll Moore (1871-1961) at the New York Public Library and Caroline Hewins (1846-1926) at the Hartford Public Library in Connecticut.

ALA Midwinter 2015

Kathleen T. Horning is 2015 ALSC DSA recipient #alamw15

Kathleen T. Horning is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children and to ALSC. Horning is the director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center and in her work there has been a long-time advocate for multiculturalism and diversity in literature for children and teens. She has served ALSC on an organizational level as President, member of the Board of Directors, chair of the Caldecott 75th Anniversary Task Force and co-chair of the pre-conference celebrating 75 years of Caldecott books. As President, she forged strong ties with REFORMA resulting in an annual Pura Belpré Award and strengthening the national Día celebrations. She has also served on many media evaluation and award committees including chairing the 1995 Newbery Committee, and the 1997 Batchelder Committee. She is currently serving…

Awards & Scholarships

Awards for Inspiration

Inspiration doesn’t come along everyday. Finding someone or something that inspires you is rare and should probably be rewarded. For example: Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for outstanding service? Do you know someone who has gone the extra mile to provide outreach services to underserved communities? ALSC is reminding members to apply for professional awards this fall. Applications are open and several deadlines are approaching. Below is list of ALSC professional awards which are available for submission or nomination. For more information, please visit: ALSC Distinguished Service Award Deadline: Monday, December 1, 2014 This award honors an individual member who has made significant contributions to and an impact on, library services to children and ALSC. Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved Grant Deadline: Monday, December 1, 2014 This $3,000 grant is sponsored by Candlewick Press in honor of author Kate DiCamillo and the…