Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) honors outstanding books, videos, and other materials for children and teens.  Among these awards are the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards.  This year, the awards were given out on January 25th.  
     The John Newbery Medal is given to an author for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.  This year, the medal was given to Tae Keller, an author from Honolulu, for her book titled “When You Trap a Tiger”.  Besides the Newbery Medal, Ms. Keller has also won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature for this book, so it is definitely one to check out!
     Another award that you may recognize is the Randolph Caldecott Medal, which is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.  This year’s Medal went to Michaela Goade for her illustrations in the book titled “We are Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom.  Ms. Goade is from Alaska and is the first Indigenous person to win the Caldecott Medal.
     The Michael L. Printz Award is given for excellence in literature that is written for young adults.  The award this year was given to Daniel Nayeri for his book titled “Everything Sad is Untrue (a true story)”.  Mr. Nayeri works for Odd Dot, which is a division of Macmillan Publishing Company that publishes non-fiction children’s books or what they like to call “joyful books for curious minds”.  
     The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given to both an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.  This year’s author winner is Jacqueline Woodson for her book titled “Before the Ever After”.  The illustrator that won the Coretta Scott King Award is Frank Morrison for his beautiful artwork in the book titled “R-E-S-P-E-C-T:  Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul”.  Mr. Morrison was a well-known graffiti artist and break dancer before a visit to the Louvre in Paris changed his life.
     The Adams County Library System owns copies of all of these books, so stop by your local branch or visit our website at www.adamslibrary.org to place them on hold.
     Even though our programming is all virtual, our branches are open regularly scheduled hours for walk-in browsing, computer use, and printing, scanning, and copying services.  Masks are required for library users 2 years and older.  Returned items must be placed in our exterior book returns and will be quarantined for 7 days.  At this time, donations are only accepted at the Gettysburg branch.
     The Carroll Valley Library is located at 5685 Fairfield Road.  Our phone number is 717-642-6009.  Hours of operation are:  Monday and Thursday 2:00pm – 8:00pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:00am – 5:00pm; and Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm.  Hope to see you soon! 

Submitted by Sherrie DeMartino, Branch Manager, Carroll Valley Library