Happy Gerbilhog Day!
As we dictate this blog to our librarians, our hardy weekend maintenance crew is hard a-shovelin' outside... it's a winter wonderland outside! We decided though, to stay in our tank today rather than go outside & see about our shadows... it looks cold! We'll let Punxsutawney Phil take care of everything. (Did you know Phil has been to our library before as part of an animal program? He has.)
Robyn told the Tri-Con preschoolers last week in storytime that if the said the word "snow" over and over enough they could make it snow. Do not get on Robyn's bad side!
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Rec Center for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. We had a great time making bags for the North Shore Health Center.
Do you "Like" us on Facebook? We've started featuring books we hope you have been enjoying our new features. Mystery Mondays preview a small portion of a book cover - try to guess what the book is! Terrible Tuesdays celebrate great books with awful covers. Wistful Wednesdays feature different staff member's beloved childhood book and the reason the staff member loves it so. Feature Fridays share a title from our department that is currently in high demand. We decided to switch things up a bit on Thursdays. Watch for our Tell Us Thursday polls and be sure to give us your opinions.
ALA Youth Media Awards
Last week was a huge day in children's literature, the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards Ceremony. Some call it the Oscars for kids' books!
The Newbery Award, given each year to the most distinguished contribution to children's literature, was awarded to The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate. Ivan tells the story of a downtrodden, has-been silverback gorilla living in a small, unkempt domain in a shopping mall - and the promise he makes to a dying elephant. Narrated by Ivan himself, Applegate's novel is an honest, painful, and heartbreaking insight into captive animal life, and is not one to miss. Three Newbery Honors were given: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz, Bomb: The Race to Build - And Steal - The World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin, and Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. You may remember that Bomb was the winner of our department's Mock Newbery this year - yea for our librarians' good prediction!
The Caldecott Award, given each year to the most distinguished picture book for children, was awarded to This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen - a follow-up to last year's Geisel Winner, I Want My Hat Back. Who would have thought hat stories would be so awesome? Five Caldecott Honors were named: Creepy Carrots illustrated by Peter Brown and written by Aaron Reynolds; Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett; Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small and written by Tony Buzzeo; and Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski and written by Mary Logue.
The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults was given to Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon written by Steve Sheinkin. Four other books were finalists for the award: Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different written by Karen Blumenthal, Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 written by Phillip Hoose, Titanic: Voices from the Disaster written by Deborah Hopkinson, and We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March written by Cynthia Levinson.
The Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino illustrator was given to Martin de Porres: the Rose in the Desert illustrated by David Diaz and written by Gary D. Schmidt.
The Pura Belpre (Author) Award was given to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. One Pura Belpre (Author) Honor was given to The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano.
The Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults went to The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd. Three Odyssey Honor Audiobooks also were selected: Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian written by Eoin Colfer and narrated by Nathaniel Parker; Ghost Knight written by Cornelia Funke and narrated by Elliot Hill; and Monstrous Beauty written by Elizabeth Fama and narrated by Katherine Kellgren.