[library-media] FYI: Fwd: [AASLAFFILS:1096] ALA to provide live Webcast of top children/teen literary awards

Donna Morris dmorris@utah.gov
Fri, 13 Jan 2006 14:53:26 -0700

>>> "Kathy Agarwal" <kagarwal@ala.org> 1/13/2006 2:29 PM >>>
For Immediate Release		=09
January 13, 2006=09

Contacts: Larra Clark/Macey Morales			=09
ALA Media Relations

ALA to provide live Webcast of top children/teen literary awards announceme=
nt January 23

(CHICAGO) For the first time ever, the American Library Association (ALA) =
will pilot a live Webcast of its national announcement of the top books =
and video for children and young adults - including the Caldecott, King, =
Newbery and Printz awards - on January 23 at 7:55 a.m. CST.   The award =
announcements are made as part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting, which will =
bring together more than 12,000 librarians, publishers, authors and guests =
in San Antonio from January 20 to 25.

Online visitors will be able to view the live Webcast the morning of the =
announcements by following the links that will be on the ALA home page, =
www.ala.org, and at news.ala.org. High-speed access will be available on a =
first-come, first-served basis. For ALA Midwinter Meeting participants, =
the press conference will be held in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention =
Center Ballroom C, and doors open at 7:30 a.m. =20

This year also marks the premier of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, which =
honors both the author and illustrator of an outstanding book for =
beginning readers, and the 10th anniversary of the Pura Belpr=E9 Award, =
which honors Latino writers and illustrators whose work best portrays, =
affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in a work of =
literature for youth.  In celebration of the anniversary, ALA will show =
(and Webcast) a clip from a new Belpr=E9 video created by Scholastic and =
Weston Woods before the formal press conference announcement begins.  The =
Alex Awards for the best adult books that appeal to teen audiences also =
will make their Midwinter Meeting debut. In past years, the 10 book picks =
were announced during National Library Week.

Awards to be announced January 23 are:
=B7	Alex Awards for the best adult books that appeal to teen audiences
=B7	Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children's video
=B7	Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book =
for children
=B7	Coretta Scott King Award recognizing an African American author =
and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults that =
demonstrate sensitivity to "the true worth and value of all beings"
=B7	Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for =
young adults
=B7	May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, =
critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children's literature, who =
then presents a lecture at a winning host site
=B7	Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for =
young adults
=B7	Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children's book =
translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the =
United States
=B7	Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's =
=B7	Pura Belpr=E9 Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose =
children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural =
=B7	Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished =
informational book for children
=B7	Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic =
expression of the disability experience
=B7	Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the outstanding book for beginning =

The press release announcing the 2006 award winners will be available =
online at www.ala.org by 10 a.m. CST. Adult book awards also announced =
during the conference include: Notable Books for Adults, the Black Caucus =
of the ALA Literary Awards and the Stonewall Awards.  For more information =
on ALA literary awards, please visit: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Secti=

Donna Jones Morris, State Librarian
Director, Utah State Library Division
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