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Awards Season Is Upon Us!

by Mary Beth

It’s January! What’s all the excitement about?

Well, for Youth Services Librarians it means awards season!

That’s right, each January, the American Library Association (ALA) holds its Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, during which the Youth Media Award winners are announced. Youth Services Librarians wait with bated breath to learn which books, videos, and other wonderful materials for Youth Services will win the prestigious awards. You may be familiar with some of these. They are, to name a few: the Caldecott Medal, which is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children; the Newbery Medal, which goes to the author of the most distinguished work of literature for children; and the Coretta Scott King Award, which honors outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that exhibit an appreciation for African American culture.

It is, in essence, the Academy Awards of Youth Services.

This year’s awards ceremony will take place on Monday, January 25th from 8:00-10:00 AM Central Standard Time. I have had the pleasure of attending these awards in person, but this year the conference and the awards ceremony are virtual, so I’ll be following the results on ALA’s streaming platform at http://ala.unikron.com.

After the awards are announced, the winners will be featured in a display at the Easton Public Library.

Interested in seeing past winners? Check out this website.


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