"People of the Books" Blog

Day 1: 2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

Each day, the Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour brings you exciting
interviews with winning authors and illustrators, on a variety of kidlit blogs.
Please be sure to show our hosting bloggers a little love - leave them some comments!

 

 SUNDAY FEBRUARY 9, 2020

 

Sue Macy and Stacy Innerst, author and illustrator of The Book Rescuer

Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Picture Book Category

at 100 Scope Notes at School Library Journal

 

R.J. Palacio, author of White Bird

Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Middle Grade Category

at The Paper Brigade Daily at The Jewish Book Council

Launch of The Sydney Taylor Shmooze

The Sydney Taylor Shmooze

The Association of Jewish Libraries is proud to announce the launch of The Sydney Taylor Shmooze, a mock book award blog that will offer critical discussion of Jewish books for children and teens. The blog will examine titles that may become contenders for the next Sydney Taylor Book Award. Check it out at SydneyTaylorShmooze.com!

 

AJL 2020 Conference Update #2

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the in-person conference has been canceled and a new virtual conference is being designed.

Your AJL Conference Update #2

by Marcie Eskin & Rachel Kamin

February 5, 2020

Announcing the Opening Keynote Address:

Portrait of Dr. Daniel GreeneDr. Daniel Greene, President and Librarian at the Newberry Library and Adjunct Professor of History at Northwestern University, will deliver the opening keynote address at the Association of Jewish Libraries Conference on Monday, June 29 at 12:00pm. Before taking on his current role at the Newberry, Greene curated Americans and the Holocaust, an exhibition at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. A traveling version of this exhibition, produced in cooperation with the American Library Association, will be mounted at fifty public and university libraries across the United States between 2020 and 2022. Greene has been a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians since 2015. He earned his PhD in history at the University of Chicago. 

In 2016, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum launched a crowdsourcing project called History Unfolded. This digital initiative asks students, teachers, and others with an interest in researching local history to search their local newspapers for coverage of Nazism. To date, more than 20,000 newspaper articles have been uploaded to the History Unfolded site. Greene will address how this community-based research project upended conventional wisdom about American newspapers coverage of Nazism between 1933 and 1945. He also will consider the opportunities associated with incorporating crowdsourced research into both the Americans and the Holocaust exhibition and projects at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Conference Registration Is Open!

Click here and scroll down for Registration How-Tos

The full conference Early Bird Rate for AJL members is $450 (by April 30). This includes all conference sessions and meals (lunch on Monday; breakfast, lunch & dinner on Tuesday; and breakfast & lunch on Wednesday). Per diem and other special rates will also be available.

To read previous weekly conference updates, go to the  55TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2020 page of the AJL website.

AJL 2020 Conference Update #1

logo for AJL's 2020 conference

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the in-person conference has been canceled and a new virtual conference is being designed.

Your AJL Conference Update #1

by Marcie Eskin & Rachel Kamin

January 30, 2020

Shalom Safranim & Friends! You are reading the first in a series of conference updates to keep you informed about the upcoming Association of Jewish Libraries Conference in Evanston, Illinois, June 29-July 1, 2020.

In each update we will highlight information to help you make your conference plans.

The local Chicago planning committee, supported by the Judaica Library Network of Metropolitan Chicago, is hard at work. Here are some updates from our recent meeting hosted by Debbie Steinberg at the Ida Crown Jewish Academy:

  • The 2020 AJL Conference will be held at the Hilton Orrington, a 4-star hotel in the heart of downtown Evanston, a block away from the Northwestern University campus. The conference rate is $159/night (plus taxes and fees). Click here to reserve a room. After you select the dates you want, click on “MORE OPTIONS” and then on “Add Special Rate Codes.” Enter the code AJL20 in the box marked "Group Code." To reserve by phone, call 1-800-HILTONS referencing  “AJL Annual Conference, Chicago Vicinity June 2020” to receive the group rate. The cut-off date for this rate is Friday, June 5.
  • Our Conference will kick off with lunch and a keynote address on Monday, June 29 at 12:00pm. However, we encourage you to attend the ALA Conference the day before which is taking place in downtown Chicago (more information will be forthcoming). There will be some committee meetings on Monday morning as well as the Newcomer’s Welcome at 10:30am. Registration will open at 8:30am and the Exhibit Hall will open at 11am.
  • The Conference will conclude with lunch and the annual Feinstein Lecture on Wednesday, July 1, 12:15-1:45pm. Optional tours will be offered on Wednesday afternoon, departing from the Orrington at 2pm. Stay tuned for more information and plan to extend your stay.
  • The full conference Early Bird Rate for AJL members is $450 (by April 30). This includes all conference sessions and meals (lunch on Monday; breakfast, lunch & dinner on Tuesday; and breakfast & lunch on Wednesday). Per diem and other special rates will also be available.
  • We received more than 70 presentation proposals on a wide range of topics related to various aspects of librarianship, Judaism, the Jewish experience and Israel that will be relevant to library professionals working in academic and research institutions, archives, synagogues, day schools, and Jewish community centers as well as public schools and libraries serving Jewish communities. Acceptance letters will be going out the first week of February. Twenty-eight sessions will be offered – it’s going to be a great conference!
  • Several special programs during the conference are being planned, including an author showcase at the Evanston Public Library (right across the street from the hotel) on Monday, June 29 at 7:00pm. Plus, invitations have The AJL Chicago conference planning teambeen extended to the award-winning authors of the AJL Fiction Award and the Sydney Taylor Book Awards.

In the coming weeks and months, we will be posting additional information about registration, travel, vendors, tours, session details, volunteer opportunities and more. The 2020 AJL Conference promises to be innovative, exciting, and interesting plus it’s always "Cooler by the Lake"!

Marcie Eskin and Rachel Kamin, Local Conference Co-Chairs

Lisa Silverman, National Conference Chair

2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

The Sydney Taylor Book Award will be showcasing its 2020 gold and silver medalists with a Blog Tour, February 9-13, 2020! Interviews with winning authors and illustrators will appear on a variety of Jewish and kidlit blogs. Interviews will appear on the dates below, and will remain available to read at your own convenience.

Below is the schedule for the 2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour. Please follow the links to visit the hosting blogs on or after their tour dates, and be sure to leave them plenty of comments!

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 9, 2020

Sue Macy and Stacy Innerst, author and illustrator of The Book Rescuer
Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Picture Book Category
at 100 Scope Notes at School Library Journal

R.J. Palacio, author of White Bird
Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Middle Grade Category
at The Paper Brigade Daily at The Jewish Book Council

MONDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2020

Rachel DeWoskin, author of Someday We Will Fly
Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Young Adult Category
at Out of the Box at The Horn Book

Debbie Levy author of The Key from Spain
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Picture Book Category
at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2020

Lesléa Newman and Amy June Bates, author and illustrator of Gittel's Journey
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Picture Book Category
at Mr. Schu Reads

All Authors and Illustrators on The Children's Book Podcast

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2020

Hannah Moskowitz, author of Sick Kids in Love
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Young Adult Category
at Good Reads with Ronna

Andrew Maraniss, author of Games of Deception
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Middle Grade Category
at A Fuse #8 Production at School Library Journal

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 13, 2020

Sofiya Pasternack, author of Anya and the Dragon
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Middle Grade Category
at From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors

Victoria Ortiz, author of Dissenter on the Bench
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Young Adult Category
at Jewish Books for Kids

Blog Tour Wrap-Up at The Whole Megillah