Meeting Reminder, Diane Wolkstein Dies, Gryphon Award, Arne Nixon Center News

Meeting Reminder – Friday, February 8, 2013, 9am-1pm at Oakland Main Library 

Just a quick reminder about our regular ACL meeting this Friday – we will have the usual book reviewing and Distinguished Books sharing, and news from the ALA Midwinter meeting:  http://www.bayviews.org/calendar.html#meetings .  Thanks!

diane-wolkstein-01Folklorist Diane Wolkstein Dies

Diane Wolkstein, world-renowned storyteller and author of 23 books, died following emergency heart surgery on January 31st while on a trip to Taiwan. Her books included The Glass Mountain (1999), The Day Ocean Came to Visit (2001), and The Banza (1981).  For more information, see: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/nyregion/diane-wolkstein-author-who-sparked-a-storytelling-revival-dies-at-70.html .

Gryphon Award

island-cover-web1-200x256 The Center for Children’s Books at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is pleased to announce the 2013 Gryphon Award recipient, Island: A Story of the Galápagos, written and illustrated by Jason Chin and published by Roaring Brook.

The Gryphon Award committee also recognized two honor books: Little Dog Lost, written and illustrated by Mônica Carnesi and published by Penguin and Bink and Gollie: Two for One, written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile, and published by Candlewick.

The Gryphon Award is presented annually to the author of an outstanding English language work of fiction or non-fiction for which the primary audience is children in kindergarten through fourth grade.  The title chosen best exemplifies those qualities that successfully bridge the gap in difficulty between books for reading aloud to children and books for practiced readers. More information about the award can be found at the CCB Gryphon Award webpage. A complete press release is available at the GSLIS newsroom.

“Golden Threads: Journey Through the Picture Book”

The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Fresno State, will offer two coordinating exhibitions entitled “Golden Threads: Journey Through the Picture Book” in the Henry Madden Library from March 18—May 24, 2013. The Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery (2nd floor, North Wing) will display the exhibit, “Golden Legacy: 65 Years of Golden Books.” Sixty original illustrations from one of the most recognized and best-loved series, the Little Golden Books, will be on loan from the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature.

The Pete P. Peters Ellipse Balcony (3rd floor, North Wing) will showcase illustrations from fabric relief artist Salley Mavor. Twenty-five works from her picture book, Pocketful of Posies, will be on display along with additional pieces of her textile art. Mavor, who resides in Massachusetts, has illustrated ten books using her meticulous needle and thread techniques. (www.weefolkstudio.com).

A week of special events in the Library will launch the exhibition. Curator, children’s literature historian, and author, Leonard Marcus, will discuss the history and significance of the Golden Books at a reception in his honor on Tuesday, March 19, at 6:00 p.m. in Library Room 2206. The Fresno FiberArts Guild will hold demonstrations of textile arts throughout the Library on Wednesday, March 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Salley Mavor will talk about the inspirations and processes for the creation of her illustrations at a catered celebration of her work on Friday, March 22, at 6:00 p.m. in Room 2206. In addition, a limited number of scheduled tours and activities for school children, funded by generous donors, will take place during the week.

The exhibitions will be open during regular Library hours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Other viewings may be arranged by calling the Arne Nixon Center at 559-278-8116.  www.arnenixoncenter.org.

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