Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Milwaukee County Teen Book Award

From guest blogger Richmond Kinney (Oak Creek & Shorewood Public Libraries)

And the 2012 nominees are…

If you thrill at hearing those words you might want to start your own book award, just like the teen librarians in Milwaukee County did in 2009. Sponsored by the Milwaukee County Federated Library System Young Adult Services Committee (MCFLS YASC for short), the Milwaukee County Teen Book Award was started to promote reading and literature by highlighting and awarding books published for teens. What sets this award apart from most of the national awards for young adult books is that the books are judged on both quality and appeal.

The committee, made up of any MCFLS librarian or staff member who works with teens or has a strong interest in teen literature, nominates 15 finalists each year. These titles are then voted on by area teens, both on paper ballots in libraries and online. The book that wins the teen vote must be chosen by the committee to be either the winning title or an honor title.

This is my first year as a member of the committee, and it has been one of the highlights of working in MCFLS. Besides fulfilling its mission of promoting teen reading, the award also serves as a great way for teen librarians in the system to get to know one another and have a place to talk about not only books, but also any aspect of being a teen librarian.

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