The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

A list of all the 2017 award winners follows:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

“The Girl Who Drank the Moon,” written by Kelly Barnhill, is the 2017 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing.

Three Newbery Honor Books also were named: “Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley...


The American Library Association selects “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead, published by Doubleday, Penguin Random House LLC, as the winner of the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” by Matthew Desmond, published by Crown, Penguin Random House LLC, as the winner of the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction.  The selections were announced this evening during the RUSA Book and Media Awards Ceremony and Reception that are part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta, Georgia from Jan. 20 – 24.

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were...


by Kaitlin Throgmorton, courtesy of American Libraries

Imagine walking into a building and seeing a florist, a hair salon, and an art gallery. Would you guess you’re in a library?

Probably not, but at the Salt Lake City Public Library, that’s exactly what you’ll encounter. “Having any of these within a flagship library is a unique arrangement,” says Andrew Shaw, the library’s communications manager. In addition, a café, a coffee shop, a public radio station, a writing center, and a library store occupy the first floor, steps from the main library entrance.

While the library is the main focus, this mixed-use space “gives each visitor a sense of destination, of experience,” says Shaw.

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Images of drones flying above us conjure a variety of conflicting emotions: a sense of wonder and possibility and, yet, concern about potential consequences—particularly in relation to their use in warfare and surveillance. With the Federal Aviation Authority’s release of new regulations for drones in late summer, one thing is certain: use of this emerging technology will become more widespread. As with many other modern-day tools, libraries are prepared to help patrons understand how drones work, how they can be utilized constructively, and how to navigate the complex implications of their widespread use.

The motto of Arapahoe Libraries is “Let’s find out.” In keeping with this commitment to curiosity and exploration, Arapahoe introduces...


Review of the Day

Lord, Emery (author).
May 2017. 400p. Bloomsbury, hardcover, $17.99 (9781619639584). Grades 9-12.
REVIEW. First published January 1, 2017 (Booklist).

Life has a certain stability for Lucy, a rising high-school senior, swim-team captain, and preacher’s kid. She’s especially close with her parents, a side effect of her mother’s cancer, which has been in remission for years. Summer arrives along with disaster: her mom’s cancer returns. Lucy begins to lose her faith in God, her long-time boyfriend puts their relationship on hold, and her mother asks her to work as a counselor—not at their family’s church camp, but at Daybreak, a nearby camp for troubled kids. Initially resistant, Lucy...

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