Kellie Willis Awarded 2017 Bohley Scholarship

The Professionalism, Education, Employment, and Recruitment (PEER) Community of Interest is pleased to announce that Kellie Willis (St. Louis Public Library) has been chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Ronald G. Bohley Scholarship.

 

Kellie Willis is a native of St. Louis, MO and is the Regional Youth Services Specialist at the Carpenter Branch of the St. Louis Public Library. This fall Kellie begins the LIS program at Mizzou where she intends to focus on Library Services to children and their parents. She loves when the kids at her branch call her the “Library Lady”! A proud AmeriCorps alum, Kellie’s interests include the ways that Libraries are actively working for more just communities. #critlib

The Professionalism, Education, Employment, and Recruitment Community of Interest congratulates Kellie on all of her accomplishments and wishes her the best for the future.

Cindy Thompson

Chair, PEER CI

thompsoncym@umkc.edu

Julie Jackson wins Show Me Youth Services Award

The MLA Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI) would like to congratulate Julie Jackson, Youth Services Supervisor for St Charles City-County Library, as the 2017 Show Me Youth Services Award recipient.

Julie Jackson has been working in Missouri libraries since January 2003 and got her degree from Mizzou in December 2006.  During her time in library services Julie has reached countless lives through her programming and collaboration with others.  Currently at St. Charles City County Library she is a driving force behind the “Grow Your Reader” early literacy initiative, she manages the early literacy calendars that patrons look to each month to find daily early literacy activities for their families, and this summer she will pilot a Lunch@the Library food program for neighborhood children in the branch, all in addition to the numerous outreach events she attends and the programs she implements at her branch.

Julie’s coworkers say that she always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude and is always willing to help out wherever it’s needed.  She is always there to answer questions and bounce ideas off of.  Her dedication and excitement about children’s services in Missouri is infectious.

 

YSCI is thrilled to offer this award to Julie Jackson and wishes to thank all of our applicants.  We applaud the inspiring work you do on behalf of Missouri’s youth!

2016 Building Block Winner announced

Bear contest logoThe children of Missouri have spoken, selecting Bunnies!!! by Kevan Atteberry, as the winner of the 2016 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award. Over 18,000 preschoolers and kindergartners participated this year, and it’s been a heated battle to the end.  In fact, we believe this may have been one of the tightest races in Missouri Building Block Award history! At the final hour, Bunnies!!! snuck past Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups by Tadgh Bentley and Rex Wrecks It! by Ben Clanton.

The Missouri Building Block committee wants to thank all of the teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers who read to their kids and helped them vote. Your support is what made this such a successful event. For more information about the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award program, go to our website molib.org/awards/building-block-award.

MLA Award For Worthy Youth Services Librarians

The Thusnelda Schmidt Scholarship is sponsored by the Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI) of the Missouri Library Association and is made possible by the Thusnelda Schmidt Fund. Recipients of this award may use scholarship money to attend regional or national continuing education events to strengthen their skills in youth librarianship.

 

The deadline for application for this award is February 29. See the Thusnelda Schmidt Scholarship page for more details!

The Naked and the Read

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The children of Missouri (and neighboring states) have spoken, selecting Naked!, written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, as the winner of the 2015 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award. Over 20,000 preschoolers and kindergarteners participated this year. Naked! was the overwhelming choice, receiving 6,078 votes. Digger Dog, written by William Bee and illustrated by Cecilia Johansson, finished second with 3,227 votes.

Contrary to popular assumptions, Naked! is not a story about a man’s nightmarish journey into the depths of his soul. Instead, it is a joyous, playful look at a child’s activities after his nightly bath. Our hero runs around the house naked, then runs around the house wearing only a cape, all the while sneaking cookies, before finally succumbing to exhaustion and bed.

The Missouri Building Block committee wants to thank all of the teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers who read to their kids and helped them vote. Your support is what made this such a successful event. For more information about the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award program, go to our website at http://molib.org/awards/building-block-award/.

Building Block Award: 2014 Winner, 2015 Nominees

The Missouri Building Block Committee is happy to announce that the winner of the 2014 Missouri Building Block Award is Mustache Baby written by Bridget Heos and illustrated by Joy Ang.

Mustache Baby written Bridget Heos and illustrated by Joy Ang ©2013, Clarion Books ISBN: 9780547773575Â
Mustache Baby written Bridget Heos and illustrated by Joy Ang ©2013, Clarion Books ISBN: 9780547773575Â

More than 17,000 children in the state of Missouri voted this year.  Mustache Baby captured over 27% of the voting. Moo by David LaRochelle and Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka came in second followed closely in third place by Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli.

The Missouri Building Block Committee thanks all the teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers who took the time to read these stories and ask children for their votes. Please continue to spread the word and participate this year!

For the 2015 nominees (and by the end of February, activity sheets), see the Building Block Award page.