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The Newbery Medal

99 Years of Excellence in Books for Children

The gold Newbery seal on the cover of a children's book signals excellence and distinction, but just how does it get there? Former Newbery Chair Thom Barthelmess will share the history of the Newbery Medal, explore the terms and criteria used to define its distinction, and consider its application in contemporary contexts.

Workshop Time and Date: April 18 at 5 p.m. CT
Workshop Lead: Thom Barthelmess ’87

Meet Thom Barthelmess ’87

Thom Barthelmess is youth services manager for the Whatcom County Library System in the northwest corner of Washington State. With a deep appreciation for autonomous reading, an abiding commitment to unfettered curiosity, and a profound belief in the power of story, he has spent his career bringing books and young people together in public libraries. He is a past president of the Association for Library Service to Children, a Division of the American Library Association, and a former chair of the Newbery Committee.

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Sunday April 18
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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