Every year at the end of September, libraries and bookstores across the U.S. celebrate Banned Books Week. This celebration began to highlight the value of free and open access to information. This year, RBLibrary participated by creating multiple displays of books that have been challenged or banned and took part in the American Library Association's #RebelReaders Twitter contest.
Here are some pictures of the fun our #RebelReaders had during Banned Books Week!
This past year at the Illinois School Library Media Association conference, a discussion was held in regards to changing the name of the high school readers' choice award name. Calling it the Abe Award has sometimes been confusing... So I'm pleased to announce the new readers' choice award name: the Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Reader's Choice award!
And now... the 2018 Lincoln Award Nominees!*
*All summaries from Goodreads.com
On January 23rd, in Atlanta, GA, the American Library Association announced this year's Youth Media Awards. These awards honor the top books, video, and audio books for children and young adults.
Here are the award winners and honorees that you will be able to find at the RBLibrary:
The John Steptoe New Talent Author Award went to The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon.
The winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Book Award, recognizing an African-American author of outstanding books for children and young adults, was March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin (and illustrated by Nate Powell).
The winner of the Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults was March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. Four Honor Books were also recognized: Asking for It by Louise O'Neill, The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, and The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon.
The Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience honored When We Collided by Emery Lord as the winner for teens.
The Alex Awards honors the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences. This year's honorees are: The Queen of Blood by Sarah Best Durst, The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales, In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero, Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart, Arena by Holly Jennings, Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure by Ryan North, Die Young With Me: A Memoir by Rob Rufus, The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon, and The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach.
The 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults was Sarah Dessen. We have many of her books in the RBLibrary.
The Sibert Award winner for most distinguished informational book for children was March: Book Three by John Jews, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. Several honor books were also named, and the RBLibrary features: Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story by Caren Stelson and Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin.
The Stonewall Book Award - Young Adult Literature Award, given to the young adult book of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience, was given to If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo. Three honor books were also selected: When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore, Unbecoming by Jenny Downham, and Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community by Robin Stevenson.
The William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens was given to The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. There were four other finalists for this award: Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard, Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel, The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, and Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin.
The winner of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults was March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. Four honor books were also named: Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal, In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis, Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner, and This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne.
For the full list (including the Newberry and Caldecot medals) look here.
It's the last Friday before Winter Break... and final exams... So we had some fun! Take a look through all of those who stopped by the library and took a picture in front of our Book Tree and holiday display.