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AJL 2020 DIGITAL CONFERENCE: Wednesday Announcements



  • What an incredible day!  Thank you so much to all of our award winners who shared their time, expertise, passion, and insights with us: 
AJL Bibliography Award Winner: William Gross (Catalog of Catalogs: A Bibliography of Temporary Exhibition Catalogs Since 1876 that Contain Items of Judaica)

AJL Reference Award Winner: Noam Sienna (A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969)

We also enjoyed hearing from from last year’s Reference Award Winner, Marcin Wodzinski (Historical Atlas of Hasidism)

AJL Fiction Award Winner: Goldie Goldbloom (On Division)
AJL Fiction Award Honor Book Winner: Julie Orringer (The Flight Portfolio)

Sydney Taylor Body of Work Award Winner: Lesléa Newman
Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners: Sue Macy & Stacy Innerst (The Book Rescuer),  R.J. Palacio (White Bird), and Rachel DeWoskin (Someday We Will Fly)
Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winners: Amy June Bates (Gittel’s Journey), Debbie Levy (The Key from Spain), Andrew Maraniss (Games of Deception), Sofiya Pasternack (Anya and the Dragon), and Victoria Ortiz (Dissenter on the Bench)
  • The RAS and SSCPL Virtual Hospitality Suites will be open again on Wednesday at 5pmEDT. Small groups can create a break-out room to discuss specific topics. Librarians who work in Jewish Community Center and Public Library settings are looking to network with each other.  Please join them in the Virtual Hospitality Suite on Wednesday!

  • ADDITION TO THE PROGRAM: AJL will host an Author Open House on Thursday, July 2 at 5pmEDT.  All authors (children’s, adult, fiction, non-fiction, Jewish or any topic) are invited to briefly share a few words about their newest book.  We have such a diverse and talented group of authors & illustrators as part of our AJL community - come and meet them all in this fun, informal and interactive session!

  • Many of the session recordings have now been added to Socio so check back if you missed one.  Some have passwords you will need to copy and paste. Additional handouts have also been added.  Look for them in each session under “Attachments.”



  • Don’t forget to complete your moon-and-stars coloring page from Creation Colors by Ann D. Koffsky (Apples & Honey Press). Scan or take a photo of your finished artwork, and to use it as a virtual background on Zoom (or just bring it along if you can’t do virtual backgrounds) at the final conference event, Brain Bash Trivia and Cocktail Hour on Thursday July 2 at 7pmEDT.




AJL would like to thank our sponsors for the Wednesday sessions: Psik Books & Technologies Ltd.Kar-Ben PublishingSchool Library JournalOPALS/MediaFlex,  EBSCOJerusalem Books/Geffen PublishingEric Chaim KlineYale University PressOCLCDan Wyman Booksand Scholar’s Choice. Also, be sure to visit our Sponsor Ads from our Socio website or App.

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