Meet Ellen Oh, Soman Chainani and Phoebe Yeh at the APALA Social Dinner!

We are very fortunate this year to have 3 special guests joining us for the 2014 APALA Midwinter Social Dinner! Please join us at Karma Restaurant & Bar on Saturday, January 25th at 5:30PM and hear Ellen, Soman and Phoebe discuss diversity in YA and children’s literature and their upcoming works! Click here to register for this event!

Originally from NYC, Ellen Oh is an adjunct college instructor and former entertainment lawyer with an insatiable curiosity for ancient Asian history. She also loves martial arts films, K-pop, K-dramas, cooking shows, and is a rabid fan of The Last Airbender and the Legend of Korra series. Ellen lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and three daughters and has yet to satisfy her quest for a decent bagel. http://www.ellenoh.com/index1.html

Soman Chainani’s first novel, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, has been translated into languages across six continents, and will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Studios. As a writer and film director, Soman’s films have played at over 150 film festivals around the world, winning more than 30 jury and audience prizes. He has a BA in English Literature from Harvard and an MFA in Film from Columbia University. http://somanchainani.net/

Phoebe Yeh joined Random House Children’s Books in the newly created post of v-p, publisher, Crown Books for Young Readers where she is publishing new books with a focus on middle-grade fiction and narrative nonfiction. Her Fall 14 inaugural list includes books by New York Times bestselling authors Suzy Becker, Jon Meacham, and Walter Dean Myers and newcomer Lou Anders.  Prior to joining HC in 1996, Yeh was a senior editor at Scholastic Press, where she edited the Magic School Bus books and was an editor of the SeeSaw Book Club. As Editorial Director at Harper Collins she was responsible for the estate programs of Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein, and C.S. Lewis, the Series of Unfortunate Events publishing program, and the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, and acquired Lincoln Peirce’s Big Nate series.  She has worked with Aliki, Soman Chainani, Eloise Greenfield, Julius Lester, Betsy and Ted Lewin, Christopher Myers, Walter Dean Myers, Ellen Oh, Joanne Ryder, Seymour Simon, and Laurence Yep.

APALA Mentoring Program 2014 Deadline Extended!

The deadline to apply to become a Mentor or Protégés is extended to January 10th, 2014!

We would like to invite you to be part of the 2014 Mentoring Program as a Mentor or a Protégé. The APALA Mentoring Program seeks to provide professional and personal development, inspiration, and encouragement through a supportive mentoring relationship. The program helps new and future librarians by providing coaching and guidance in their careers. Mentoring builds relationships between future librarians and professionals to enhance communication and leadership in APALA, ALA, and other library associations.

  • Protégés are librarians with no more than 3 years professional experience or library school students. Protégés must be or agree to become APALA members.
  • Mentors are APALA members who possess at least 3 years professional experience and are active in professional library associations.

For more information or to apply visit: http://www.apalaweb.org/membership/mentoring-program/ The application deadline is January 10th, 2014

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (Paolo) at pgujilde@gmail.com.

Thank you and we are looking forward to hearing from you!

Thanks!

Paolo

Happy Thanksgiving! (And Happy Hanukkah!)

To all who celebrate, Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah! (The first time in over 100 years that the two holidays have overlapped. Enjoy it now because the next time around won’t be for another 79,000 years! :)

This year, I am especially thankful for all of the wonderful members who volunteered for a committee (and there’s still time to make me even more thankful! :). I am also thankful for our excellent Executive Board and for their hard work and patience as not just the President but also the Vice-President undergo drastic life changes during the beginning of their term (thanks Board members!). And I am also grateful to all new and returning members for your support and generosity, without which this organization would not be possible.

In the midst of our good fortune, let us not forget those who are less fortunate, including the workers who cannot enjoy a day off with their families, as more and more retail stores stay open on Thanksgiving Day. And remember the ongoing relief efforts in the Philippines, especially as the tragedy seems to recede from the media headlines. Finally, let us not forget our history and the true story behind Thanksgiving, as for many of our Native American brothers and sisters, Thanksgiving is also a National Day of Mourning. (For more about the National Day of Mourning, an annual tradition that began in 1970 when Wamsutta (Frank) James, a Wampanoag, was invited by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to give a speech at an event celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival, and to learn about the 44th observance, which will be held on Thursday, November 28th at 12pm in Plymouth, MA, please see http://www.uaine.org/)

Thank you and safe travels to all,
Eugenia Beh
2013-2014 APALA President

Resources for Helping Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Survivors

Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda has devastated the Philippines and left thousands dead and many more affected. People want to know how to help the survivors of the storm. The linked spreadsheet is a list of resources of places to send donations and how to help.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AnOQOY7rXoQYdHA3RXVEVmQ2OHpfMDl1anZyZVM4WUE&usp=sharing#gid=0

 

Congratulations to Ben Wakashige, APALA’s past president and long time member

Congratulations to former Amigos Board Chair Ben Wakashige for receiving the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Guardians of Culture and Lifeways International Awards Program.

The award was presented last week at the International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums, sponsored by the Association for Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM), held at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Spa and Resort, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

Read more at http://www.atalm.org/sites/default/files/Guardians%20of%20Culture%20and%20Lifeways%20Award_1.pdf

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