Awards

Zayde Comes to Live, written by Sheri Sinykin and illustrated by Kristina Swarner, wins 2013 Burr/Worzalla Award

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Children’s picture book Zayde Comes to Live written by Sheri Sinykin, formally of Madison, Wisconsin, illustrated by Kristina Swarner and published by Peachtree Publishers, has won the 2013 Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award. The Children’s Book Award Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services Section annually awards the Burr/Worzalla to the most distinguished work in literature and/or illustrated by a Wisconsin book creator. In Zayde Comes to Live, Rachel’s beloved grandfather, Zayde, comes to spend his last days with her family. Rachel worries what will happen when he dies, especially after her friends tell her the Christian and Muslim beliefs about the afterlife. The Children’s Book Award Committee also named Peter and Connie Roop Notable Wisconsin Authors/Illustrators for their contribution to the world of children’s literature. Seven noteworthy titles have also been selected for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Literature, written and/or illustrated by Wisconsin book creators: Little Dog Lost by Marion Dane...
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MPL’s Coordinator of Youth & Community Outreach Services Wins Award

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Kelly Hughbanks has won the 2012 WLA Outreach Services Award.  Each year, the Outreach Services Award (formerly called the Frances de Usabel award) is sponsored by the Outreach Services Roundtable (OSRT) and is awarded to a “library or librarian who has provided exemplary library outreach services to underserved populations.” Public, academic, school or special libraries and librarians are all eligible to be nominated for this award.   Nominees should be members of the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) but do not need to be members of the Outreach Services Round Table. The award was created as a tribute to the Special Needs Consultant for the Wisconsin Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning, Frances de Usabel.  For many years, de Usabel worked to promote and increase outreach services in Wisconsin public libraries.  She continues to support the efforts of libraries and librarians in doing their outreach work through her generous donation of the...
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WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award Nominations Due January 15

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The nomination process is now open for the 2013 WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award. This joint award recognizes "the contribution of an individual or group who has actively promoted intellectual freedom in Wisconsin." Nominations can be made by personal members of WEMTA or the Wisconsin Library Association and are due January 15, 2013. Past winners include former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, journalist Dee Hall, librarian Helen Adams and the staff of the West Bend Memorial Library. For award criteria and the application, go to:http://wla.wisconsinlibraries.org/ifrt/if-award...
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WeLead Initiative Announces New Class

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MADISON, Wis. – The WeLead Task Force is pleased to announce its new class of protégés and mentors for the 2013-14 cycle of the program. Established in 2004 by the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA), the Initiative’s mission is to foster leadership skills in select members of the next generation of library professionals, be they public, academic, school or special librarians. All of the four protégés are new or emerging librarians, having been members of WLA for three years or less. In alphabetical order, our first protégé is Ashley Bieber, the Youth Services Manager at the Rice Lake Public Library. Ashley received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from UW-Madison. Her mentor is Roxane Bartelt who recently retired as Head of Youth Services for the Kenosha Public Library. Upon hearing the news of her acceptance, Ashley reported, “I'm very honored and excited to get started with the WeLead program. As a librarian...
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IMLS Announces Recipients of National Medal for Museum and Library Service

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Washington, DC— (November 5, 2012) – The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the recipients of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. This year’s honorees exemplify the nation’s great diversity of libraries and museums and include a school library, county library systems, individual libraries, children’s museums, an art museum, science centers, a park conservancy, and more, hailing from 10 different states. The 2012 winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are: Bootheel Youth Museum, Malden, Mo. Contra Costa County Library, Pleasant Hill, Calif. Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, N.C. Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, Ill. Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City, N.Y. Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Fla. Naturita Community Library, Naturita, Colo. Pacific...
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