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.

Congratulations, Dr. Jerome Offord!

JeromeOffordCongratulations to Dr. Jerome Offord, who is the first president of the new Joint Council of Librarians of Color (JCLC)!

Dr. Offord is University Librarian, Head of the Department of Library Science, and Assistant Professor at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

JCLC Inc.’s official purpose statement is: “To promote librarianship within communities of color, support literacy and the preservation of history and cultural heritage, collaborate on common issues, and to host the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color every four to five years.”

For more about JCLC and its member organizations, see the ALA’s press release.

Congratulations to the Ferguson Municipal Public Library!

On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, the American Library Association Council approved the attached resolution at their midwinter meeting.  Copies of the resolution will be sent to the President of the Missouri Library Association, the Director of the Ferguson Municipal Public Library, the Mayor of Ferguson, the Governor, the Secretary of State, and the State Librarian of Missouri.

ALA Resolution Ferguson Page1

ALA Resolution Ferguson Page1
ALA Resolution Ferguson Page1

Full Document: Resolution ALA