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Book Hunters in Brief #121: Libraries Transform

Whoever came up with "libraries transform" as the American Library Association's theme for National Library Week 2016 deserves a raise. It is one on those rare things: a sentence in its simplest possible form--a noun, a verb and that's it--that communicates complex ideas.

It's National Library Week!

This week is National Library Week! First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country, to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

This year’s theme is "Libraries Transform". I’d like to invite you to use this blog to post an experience of how a library anywhere, at any time, transformed your life in some way.

My story happened in a west-coast library back in 1999. We had just returned from two years in New Zealand and our sea freight hadn’t arrived. Bereft of computers, internet, and phone service, we turned to the library to communicate to our friends and relatives that we had arrived safely, and to the businesses we needed to find a new home. That wonderful library transformed our moving trauma and we settled in that area because of it. 

and the Awards go to...

  The Golden Globes weren’t the only awards given out recently!  The Newberry Medal, Caldecott Medal and other youth media awards were announced last week by the American Library Association and the list is quite impressive!
John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
"Last Stop on Market Street," written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson.

There were 3 Newberry Honor Books also named: “The War that Saved My Life,” written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley “Roller Girl,” written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson and “Echo,” written by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
"Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear," illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick. 

4 Caldecott Honor Books were named: “Trombone Short,” illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Troy Andrews, “Waiting,” illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes,  “Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Carole Boston Weatherford  and “Last Stop on Market Street,” illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de le Peña.
Congratulations to the winners of these wonderful books!  For the complete list of winners in all the categories honored please visit the ALA website!

Celebrate Banned Books Week

Check out a banned book! Every year during the last week of September, the American Library Association celebrates the freedom to read. By focusing on efforts across the United States to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws attention to the dangers and harms of censorship.

Teen Read Week 2010: Books With Beat

The countdown to Teen Read Week begins! From October 17th to October 23rd, libraries around the country celebrate teen reading by holding Teen Read Week activities.  This year's theme is "Books With Beat". Check out the HCPL events calendar to see what your library is doing this week.

In the meantime, check out the list below the cut for my favorite "Books With Beat".

 

 

 

Make Your Voice Heard!

What was your favorite book this past year? Catching Fire? Geektastic? City of Glass? You can vote on those books and many more in the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Teens' Top Ten 2010 Survey right here!

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