Award-winning treasures at your library

Published 2:58 pm Wednesday, January 20, 2016

By FRANCES SMITH / Community Columnist

Treasures await young readers in our library. The treasures are the winners of the 2016 Youth Media Awards bestowed by the American Library Association in January.

“Last Stop on Market Street”by Matthew De la Pena won the Newbery Award for most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Children 5 years old and older may sign up to attend the Pete the Cat Book Club, which meets again Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Albert L. Scott Library in Alabaster. (Contributed)

Children 5 years old and older may sign up to attend the Pete the Cat Book Club, which meets again Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Albert L. Scott Library in Alabaster. (Contributed)

The Caldecott Award for most distinguished American picture book went to “Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear” illustrated by Sophie Blackall, written by Lindsay Mattick.

The magical realism story “Bone Gap” by Laura Ruby won the Printz Award for Young Adult fiction.

Coretta Scott King Author Book Award, recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults went to “Gone Crazy in Alabama” by Rita Williams-Garcia.

The King Illustrator Award went to “Trombone Shorty,” illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy Andrews and Bill Taylor.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award was earned by “Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford.

Other awards: Pura Belpré Illustrator Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience – “Drum Dream Girl,” illustrated by Rafael López, written by Margarita Engle.

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award – “Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras,” written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh.

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award – “Don’t Throw It to Mo!” written by David A. Adler, illustrated by Sam Ricks.

We have plenty of programs to love in February. Come for programs, take home some books.

Youth programs:

Story Times, Wednesdays – Tunes & Tales, 3:30 p.m., and Fridays – Toddler Tales, 10:30 a.m.

Feb. 2 – Lego League, 6 p.m.

Feb. 9 – Pete the Cat Book Club, 6 p.m. Five years old and older can sign up.

Feb. 16 – Family Fun Night: Black History is No Mystery,6-7:30 p.m. Step into the footsteps of inventors, daredevils and others during this hands-on evening.

Look and learn, create and taste. It’s best for families with children in first grade and above.

Please register.

Feb. 26 – American Girls Club, 4 p.m. Addy’s world. Girls 7 years old and older can sign up.

Adult Programs:

February through mid-April. Free AARP Tax Help for seniors by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the meeting room. Call 664-6822 or come by the library to sign up.

Feb. 8 – ABC & Ds of Medicare, 1 p.m.

Feb. 10 – Microsoft Word 2013 Part 2; Feb. 17 – Microsoft Excel 2013 Part 1; Feb. 24 – Microsoft Excel 2013 Part 2; Each class is at 10 a.m. Sign up.

Feb. 18 – Library Book Group, 7 p.m. “Circling” the Sun by Paula McLain.

Feb. 25 – Downton Abbey Tea & Trivia, 6 p.m. Registration required.

Frances Smith is the Youth Services Librarian at the Albert L. Scott Library in Alabaster and can be reached at 664-6822.