Kansas nominated the WAW State Book Award Program for an AASL commendation. The program was recommended to the Executive Board for being the first state book award that was voted on by students.We were awarded the commendation with a letter and a certificate to present to the WAW Foundation.
Both Cynthia Kadohata and Barbara O’Connor will be in Emporia on Saturday, October 2 to accept the 2010 WAW Children’s Book Awards. Due to construction on the ESU student union, the celebration is scaled down for this year. Sleep-overs will still be held the night before. Autographing and activities for children will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 with the awards ceremony from 11 to 12:30 in Albert Taylor Hall (describe how to best get there from union). Lunch will not be available in the union for students and there will be no parade. Tickets are $5 and seats will be assigned this year from the front row to the back in the auditorium. Details and contact information on the program’s website. Beverley Buller WAW Children's Book Awards selection committee chair
September 14, 2009 was a star studded day for students at
Central Elementary in Burden. Nominated by Linda Bartel, Central Elementary was
the school chosen for the September KAKE TV Reading Caravan award. Susan Peters
and her camera man visited the school at 12:30 for a red carpet welcome. The
school was decorated with film reels, clapper boards, red carpet and a special
star for Susan Peters. She read The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens to all
of the students gathered in the library.
After the reading, the CES library was presented a 500.00
check for books by Matt Fellars of EMC insurance and Steve Atkins of
Stamford-Stover insurance. The money will be used to purchase some new
resources for the students. Biographies, animals, and new magazines are
The show was broadcast on KAKE TV 6:30 news on Saturday,
September 19. Everyone was excited about preparing for the filming and about
seeing themselves on TV.
The American Association of School Librarians has announced the winners of the 2009 National School Library Media Program of the Year (NSLMPY) award. Livonia Central School District, Robert E. Clow Elementary School and Blue Valley North High School will be honored with this prestigious award at the AASL Awards Luncheon during the ALA 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago.
According to Abby Neiburger and Terri Snethen, the BVN's library media specialists, the library media center is the "school's largest classroom." See the entire annoucement at
Please see the Blue Valley North High School, School Library Media Website at:
Please join us in sending contratulations to Abby and Terri.
Mirah Dow, BSE, MLS, PhD Coordinator, School Lilbrary Media Programs School of Library and Information Management Emporia State University
know I’m in Sharon Sharpe territory here in Junction City.She served as
the Coordinator of Library Media Services for the Geary County Unified School
District in Junction City for nineteen years.During that time Sharon served on many state committees and
made numerous presentations to helpimprove the quality of school library service in Kansas.She taught school library graduate
classes for Ft. Hays State University.Sharon helped eighteen teachers received library media certification,
ten of those teachers received master’s degrees, and four of those teachers
became National Board Certified.It brought Sharon great joy to help others find the joy of providing
library media services to children.Sharon retired from the school system in 2005.
Sharon Sharpe took over the chairmanship of the William Allen White Children’s
Book Award selection committee from Aileen Graham ten years ago, she had some figuratively
big shoes to fill.However, she
had a vision of the program which would lead it into the 21st
century.Sharon oversaw the
development of two master lists and accompanying awards to better fit the
changing face of children’s literature. She has
been instrumental in bringing the awards program up to modern standards while
still gently guiding committee members in selecting the best possible books to
recommend for the reading of Kansas students.
Under her leadership, the awards were split
into two age groups, and a new White Library dean was brought into the picture as
director of the program.Sharon
has tirelessly worked with various state entities to procure new members for
the committee each year and then guided the nomination process and
selection.After ten years as
chairman, Sharon retired following the selection of the 2009-2010 master
lists.It’s time to recognize this
former school librarian who has continued the excellence these prestigious
awards have attained.It is my
pleasure as the person trying to fill her shoes to introduce her to this group
of fellow librarians.
It is my honor as a KASL member to present
Sharon with the 2009 Vision Award. (Bev Buller's remarks upon presenting Sharon Sharpe with the Vision Award.)
Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. Recorded Books, producer of the audiobook “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” written and narrated by Sherman Alexie and produced by Recorded Books, LLC., is the winner of the 2009 Odyssey Award.
I don't know how you feel about book awards or how well the typical award winner circulates in your particular library, but I continue to be fascinated by awards, even though I am somewhat ambivalent about them.
Here is a quick and dirty link to the ALA press release announcing the literary award winners that were announced at the end of Midwinter in Denver yesterday. Throughout the course of the next couple of weeks, I plan to post each list with links to more information about the books. I hit the Alex awards yesterday and will probably post the Newbery later today. It's just fun times for a librarian. -mh