The additions should help support the reading interests of the area children, according to Leon L. Gyles, director, Scotland County Memorial Library.
"In recognition of the important role that children's literature plays in shaping a child's vision of themselves and the world, we are creating a collection of children's literature which represents and depicts our ethnic, cultural and social diversity," Gyles said. "This collection of outstanding juvenile books will be of interest to the parents as well as children".
The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. This annual award has been given out since 1922 to the author with the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. A few of the Newbery Medal winners at the library are:
“Elijah of Buxton” by Christopher Paul Curtis
“The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman
“Good Masters, Sweet Ladies!” By Laura Amy Schlitz
The Laurinburg library has also recently added Caldecott Medal winners. The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children, to the artist or illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children published that year.
It is named in honor of 19th-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. The Newbery and the Caldecott Medals are the most prestigious children's book awards in America. Those winners include:
“A River of Words” by Jennifer Bryant
“Henry’s Freedom Box” by Ellen Levine
“The House in the Night” by Susan Marie Swanson
In addition, there are a number of book that have been awarded the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature is an annual award that honors the best book written for young adults.
The award is named after a Topeka, Kansas high school librarian who was a longtime active member of ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association.
“An Abundance of Katherines” by John Green
“Nation” by Terry Pratchett
”The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing” by M.T. Anderson
Anyone who would like additional information about these recent additions to the collection may contact the library staff at 276-0563 or visit the library’s Web page at www.scotlandcolibrary.com to review our newest books.
"As always, the library is committed to serving the community with excellence and is pleased to offer these new titles," Gyles said.