Beatty Award, Bookmobile Day, ACL Fellowships, ALSC Booklists

neighborhood sharksKatherine Roy Named 2015 Beatty Winner: Katherine Roy has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the California Library Association’s John and Patricia Beatty Award, for her book Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting With the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands, published by David Macaulay Studio/Roaring Brook Press.

Katherine Roy is an author and illustrator who is fascinated by the web of life, and her stories reflect and explore the beauty of the natural world and the intricate relationships between creatures large and small. The Beatty Award is given to the author of a distinguished book that best promotes an awareness of California and its people. An engraved plaque and $500 prize will be presented to Ms. Roy at the California Library Association Annual Conference in Pasadena, November 5-8, 2015.

The 2015 Beatty Award was judged by a committee of seven librarians, confirmed by the President of the California Library Association, Robert Karatsu, to reflect state-wide representation. Lana Adlawan, Oakland Public Library; Amy Bradley, Los Angeles Public Library; Tiffany Bronzan, Sonoma County Library; Hillary George, Los Angeles Public Library; Carolyn Tucey, Sacramento Public Library; Jana Waitman, Ontario City Library; and Ashley Kagan, Committee Chair, Palos Verdes Library District.

Celebrate Bookmobile Day: Check out this fun video from the Alameda County Library Bookmobile – .

dorothyhelfeldACL Fellowships Available: The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California (ACL) invites students of children’s librarianship and/or children’s literature to apply for one of up to three annual membership fellowships. Discover a network of active Bay Area children’s librarians who meet monthly to share their passion for children’s literature and libraries. The annual fellowships cover the cost of a year’s membership in ACL, the 11 issues of its review publication BayViews, and attendance at the annual Institute and Performers Showcase.

Who is eligible?  Anyone currently in library school who may be considering working with children; librarians considering a possible change from adult to children’s work; para-professionals working in school libraries; teachers who may be considering moving to school or public library positions; college students who may be considering library work with children. Students considering or embarking on their studies in children’s librarianship will find an encouraging and challenging community of like-minded individuals.

The winner of this fellowship is expected to attend monthly meetings in the East Bay and to review books and partake in the business of the organization to a reasonable extent.

The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California (ACL) offers three annual membership fellowships in tribute to Dorothy Helfeld, a member and reviewer for this organization from 1992 until her death in 2008. Dorothy’s library experience spanned several decades and locales. Her ACL reviews reflected her passion for presenting the best to children and her always-growing knowledge of story and authors, which she also shared in her contributions to the annual Institute bibliographies. To Dorothy, reading offered boundless opportunity for celebrating, untangling and enduring the complicated knot of life. The fellowships in her memory allow the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California to extend Dorothy’s excitement about children and their books to those at the beginning of their involvement in the field which meant so much to her.

Applications are available online at (MS Word File). Applications are due by June 9, 2015. They will reviewed by a 3-person committee in the early summer and the winners will be announced in mid-August. The fellowship begins in September 2015 and go through December 2016. For further information, please contact the fellowship committee at

Summer Reading Lists Available: The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has updated and released three Summer Reading lists. The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer in order to help prevent the summer slide.

Three lists are available to download for free; K-2nd grade, 3rd–5th grade and 6th-8th grade. Each is available to download on the ALSC website in color and black and white. The lists are available at:
Each of the three 2015 Summer Reading brochures can be customized to include library information. Libraries are encouraged to place their summer hours and summer reading programs for children on each brochure before making copies available to schools and patrons.

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