The Free Library system will close at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1, and will remain closed through Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.
Earlier this month in Denver, CO, a room full of children's and teen librarians erupted in cheers, gasps, and wild applause for the newest batch of books chosen to receive Youth Media Awards.
The American Library Association's yearly event is often called "The Oscars for Children's Literature." You have most likely heard of the Caldecott Award and Theodor Seuss Geisel Award but have you heard of the the Pura Belpré Award (honoring Latino writers and illustrators), Coretta Scott King Award (for outstanding African American authors) or Stonewall Book Award (exceptional merit relating to LGBTQ+ experience)?
There was a local connection to this year's awards as Philadelphia author Erin Entrada Kelly won the coveted Newbery Medal for her book Hello, Universe. Congratulations! Check out her recent conversation with our Children's Literature Research Collection.
You can browse, place holds, and check out all of these award-winning books from our catalog, so make room on your to-read list!