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How Are You Celebrating the Newbery 100th Anniversary?

As the calendar turns to 2022 and we eagerly await the 2022 Newbery Selection Committee’s announcement on January 24th, we are officially in the home stretch of the Newbery 100th Anniversary Celebration. Many libraries are planning to observe and celebrate the100th anniversary of the Newbery Award. Will your library have special programming around the 100th anniversary? Please let the ALSC Newbery 100th Anniversary Celebration Task Force know your plans. We will list your program on our website to promote your efforts and to share your plans.  Many libraries, schools, bookstores, individuals, and groups are planning to observe and celebrate the100th anniversary of the Newbery Award. Will YOU have special programming around the 100th anniversary? Please let the ALSC Newbery 100th Anniversary Celebration Task Force know your plans. We will list your program on our website to promote your efforts and to share your plans.  Do you need any ideas? If…

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Mocktail Hour: Bring Your Own & Talk Mock on Friday, November 5th!

The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, (ALSC) has partnered with the Center for Children’s Books at the University of Illinois for a daylong symposium celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Newbery Award. This is a virtual event scheduled for this coming Friday, November 5th. Registration is free, and the recording will be available through the Center for Children’s Books following the event. 

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100 Years of the Newbery Medal – Exploring with KT Horning

2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the Newbery Medal, and an author’s life will be changed. In celebration of this impending celebration, ALSC once again offered their continuing education course on the Newbery Medal with KT Horning. Over 20 librarians, library professionals, scholars, and library science students participated in the 6-week course from early July through mid-August for a chance to explore the Newbery medal from 1922 til now. And wow, has this medal been on a journey.  2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the Newbery Medal, and an author’s life will be changed. In celebration of this impending celebration, ALSC once again offered their continuing education course on the Newbery Medal with KT Horning. Over 20 librarians, library professionals, scholars, and library science students participated in the 6-week course from early July through mid-August for a chance to explore the Newbery medal from 1922 til now. And wow, has…

ALA Annual Conference 2021

#Newbery and #Caldecott Virtual Banquet at #alaac2021

Usually, on this night, I am dressed up and sitting with a group of librarians to celebrate the #Newbery and #Caldecott Awards. This year, I still wanted it to be special. So, I treated my family to Yogurtland. I wore my “This Is How I Roll” t- shirt featuring a book truck. And, I got to visit the homes of amazingly talented authors and illustrators and listen to their inspiring words from my living room. I loved every minute of it. I encourage you to watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPOrSDaxsaE There are so many favorite moments, but a few highlights… In her Caldecott acceptance speech, illustrator Michaela Goade was truly an inspiration as the first indigenous/BIPOC woman to win a Caldecott. I want to listen to her speech over and over from her beautiful description of her home in Alaska to her discussion of her illustrations for “We Are Water Protectors”…