Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Books, books, books

This past weekend was the American Library Association's annual Midwinter meeting. It is during this meeting every year that the Michael L. Printz, Newbery and Caldecott Medals are awarded. It is also the meeting that decides which books are on the annual "Best of" lists. I had a chance to attend the conference and sit in on some of the meetings and (even better) some of our very own North Reading teens went with me on Sunday. They were a part of the Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA) teen forum, a special meeting that gets feedback from teens about the books on the list of nominees. And, I have to say, they were awesome! So, special kudos go out to Declan G.S., Brigid G.S., Elise A., Mary F. and Tawnya C. If you see them around, ask them about their experience.

Another great thing about the Midwinter meeting is the abundance of new books. Publishing houses from around the country gather to show their new books to librarians who might want to buy them for their libraries. I brought back tons of books, many of them advanced reader copies (copies made for review purposes before the book is actually in print). If you are interested in seeing what I have and possibly reading and reviewing a book for the blog then stop by the library or email me at cshowman@mvlc.org.

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