It’s Award time!

The Newbery and Caldecott awards, along with the many other awards, were given out this week at the ALA Midwinter Convention. A good rundown of the winners is HERE. A librarian at the NYPL does an excellent blog on children’s literature, and her commentary on the winners and honor books is here. Personally, I think the Newbery award is the kiss of death for most children’s books, with a few notable exceptions. I used to read them religiously, but now find most of them dull and sad. Here is a very good annotated ranking of the winners by popularity from the Allen County Public Library.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is back! The museum opened Monday after extensive renovations. If you’re curious to see it, we’ve got passes that let you in at a discount rate. Call to reserve yours. However, if your name is Isabella, you get in free any time.

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