[kids-lib] CSD's Mock Sibert

Danielle Jones jones.danielle.jones at gmail.com
Thu Nov 13 12:49:50 PST 2014

There is still time to register for the Oregon Library Association’s
Children’s Services Division Mock Sibert to be December 13 at the
Wilsonville Library. Come and develop evaluation skills and understanding
about what makes nonfiction for youth excellent.

We are very lucky to be joined this year by author, Marc Aronson! Aronson
will be doing a special afternoon session for workshop participants, but
can be attended independent of the workshop.

Aronson won the first Sibert Award in 2001 with his book Sir Walter Ralegh
and the Quest for El Dorado. He is the leader in the field in writing
fantastic nonfiction books for youth of all ages.  Sugar Changed the World:
A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science;  Master of Deceit:
J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies; and If Stones Could Speak:
Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge are just a few of his books that have
really raised the bar on great nonfiction storytelling that truly inspires
readership in youth. Not only does he publish great books for kids, his
column with School Library Journal, Consider the Source
<http://www.slj.com/category/opinion/consider-the-source/> shows librarians
the possibilities of nonfiction in their libraries, and he is the expert
resource in helping libraries navigate the Common Core standards.

With the amount of great nonfiction being published for youth, and the push
in schools to use more information texts in curriculum, has there ever been
a better time to explore our passion and evaluation skills for great

Without further ado, please allow me to introduce:

2014 Children’s Services Division Mock Sibert Workshop

Saturday December 13th

9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Wilsonville Library, Wilsonville, OR

Click here to register:

The 2015 CSD Mock Sibert Workshop follows up on the long-standing CSD
tradition of offering high quality Mock workshops.  This time around, we
will be presenting a look at one of the newer ALA Youth Awards:  The Robert
F. Sibert Medal is a book award of the Association for Library Services to
Children, a division of the American Library Association. It is given
annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished
informational book published in the United States in English during the
preceding year.

Join your friends and colleagues from around Oregon for a day of fun and

The morning will include:


   An overview of the experience of serving on the ALA Sibert Committee and
   how to judge nonfiction using the Sibert Award criteria

   Breaking into discussion groups for a lively discussion of a selection
   of nonfiction titles published in 2014. Each group will pick a winner and
   honor titles.

   Reconvening as a large group for more lively discussion to crown the
   2015 CSD Mock Sibert Medalist.

Then enjoy an inspiring and enlightening afternoon in conversation with one
of the leaders in the field in both the publication and use of nonfiction
for youth.

Registration Deadline is Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Cost for workshop is $15 (includes lunch), afternoon session free to CSD
members $10 for nonmembers.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

Best wishes, and I hope to see you on December 13!!!

Danielle Jones

daniellej at multco.us

Danielle Jones
YALSA's 2015 Alex Award Administrative Assistant
Oregon Library Association Children's Services Division CSLP Chair
Oregon Young Adult Network Secretary
work email daniellej at multco.us
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