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       FOCUS on NATIVE AMERICANS     
       
       Date:  Spring 2008                                         
       no.   08-02
                                     
       
       American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Awards
       
       
       
       
        In 2006 the American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of
       the American Library Association (ALA), created a Youth Literature
       Award to identify and honor excellence in writing and illustrating by and
       about Native Americans for youth. Awards are given biennially in three
       categories: Best Picture Book, Best Middle School Book, and Best Young
       Adult Book. Winners receive $500, a plaque, and a custom-made beaded
       medallion seal. In the past two years, all but one of the six titles selected
       are available from the NLS collection.
       
       The 2008 winners are:
       
       Best Picture Book:
       Tingle, Tim. Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship
       and Freedom. BR 17243. PRINT/BRAILLE.
       
       Best Middle School Book:
       Medicine Crow, Joseph. Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief
       on the Reservation and Beyond. RC 62442.
       
       Best Young Adult Book:
       Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time
       Indian. RC 65403. In process.
       
       
       Winners for 2006 were:
       
       Best Picture Book:
       Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Beaver Steals Fire: A
       Salish Coyote Story. (Not a title in NLS or network collection).
       
       Best Middle School Book:
       Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House.  RC 48991 and 
       BRW 1074.
       
       Best Young Adult Book:
       Bruchac, Joseph. Hidden Roots. RC 65485. In process.
       
       A reception for this year's winners will be held on Monday, June 30,
       2008, as part of ALA's annual conference activities.
       
       __AILA-sponsored programs at ALA Annual Conference__
       AILA is cosponsoring with the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services
       (OLOS) Subcommittee on Library Services to American Indians three
       programs at the ALA annual conference, June 28 June 30, 2008, in
       Anaheim, California, as follows:
       Saturday, June 28: Digitizing Indian Country. This program will
       survey and discuss digitization projects by tribal communities,
       archives, libraries, and museums of tribal materials.
       Sunday, June 29: Coming to the Talking Circle: A Discussion. This
       meeting will discuss issues of current status and future
       considerations in library services to American Indians.
       Monday, June 30: The Healthy Librarian: Cultivating Wellness in
       the Workplace. This interactive session will explore strategies to
       cultivate a healthy work environment.