MAUREEN HAYES AWARD
FOR AUTHOR APPEARANCES
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
SIMON & SCHUSTER )
January 14, 2004
Contact: Linda Mays, ALSC Program Officer, 312-280-1398.
Michelle Fadlalla, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing,
(CHICAGO) The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC),
a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and Simon
& Schuster Children's Publishing are pleased to announce the
creation of a new award for an author/illustrator visit to a library.
Named for the late Maureen Hayes, who in the 1980s was the Director
of Library Services for Atheneum, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Children's Publishing, the Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit
Award joins ALSC's prestigious family of awards.
The award will provide up to $4,000 to an ALSC member library
to fund a visit from an author/illustrator who will speak to children
who have not had the opportunity to hear a nationally known author/illustrator.
The applicant is required to work cooperatively with other types
of libraries (academic, public and school) and bookstores within
the local community to coordinate and publicize the visit, thereby
also reaching a broader audience. Applicants also must present
the library's educational goals for the event and how these fit
with the local community's education goals.
"We are grateful to Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
for helping the ever-constricting library funds go further with
this new award," said ALSC President Gretchen Wronka. "There
is a certain magic to meeting the author or illustrator of a favorite
book, and we're pleased that to make sharing this experience a
"We couldn't be happier to assist in providing children with
the opportunity to establish a personal connection with a beloved
author or illustrator and lay the foundation for a lifelong appreciation
for books and reading," said Rick Richter, President and
Publisher of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.
The award will be given for three years, beginning in 2006. For
more information, please visit www.ala.org/alsc.
ALSC is the world's largest organization dedicated to the support
and enhancement of service to children in all types of libraries.
ALSC sets the agenda for the future of children's library service
and acts as a child's advocate urging policy makers to support
library service for children.