Award season is among us! You may think I’m talking about the Golden Globes and the Oscars, but there’s another award season that is much more precious to librarians – The 2015 ALA Youth Media Awards! On Monday, February 2, 8 am Central Time, librarians across the nation will watch with anticipation to discover what the committees chose for the various book awards for children and teens. I’m preaching to the choir here, of course. You should all be aware of the Printz and Newbery awards, but did you know that you can watch a live webcast of the presentation? Did you know that there will be live tweeting? Did you know that the ALA website will be so slow because so many people will be trying to see the updated lists? Keep an eye on YALSA’s blog for updated information about the webcast.
Before February, you have the ability to participate in a mock version of the awards yourself! The librarians around Maricopa County gather together annually to participate in Mock Awards for the Caldecott, Newbery, and the Printz Awards. Throughout the year, librarians nominate titles they think are worthy of the awards. You can find the nominees here. This year’s mock program will be held on Thursday, January 25, at the Queen Creek Library. I highly recommend participating in this type of professional development. It helps you gain skills in articulating a book’s literary quality to a higher level than you would on your own. This helps in leading book discussion groups, booktalking for your patrons, and helps you know what types of books are available for your patrons. If you can’t commit to it this year, keep track of the nominated titles to read on your own and bookmark the link to participate next year!
Here’s to a great award season!