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Introducing the First Ever, Absolutely Fantastic, SLJ Pre-Game and Post-Game Show!!!

This is me. No surprises there. Photo by Sarah Hampton.

Here’s the situation.  The ALA Youth Media Awards are going to air this coming Monday, January 27th.  If you’re anything like me, you’ve been waiting for them for quite a long time.  You’ve read the Mock Newberys and Caldecotts.  You’ve read some of the contenders and thought things through.  Now’s the time to find out what the committees were thinking.

You know that at 8:00 a.m. on 1/27 the awards will air live at this address:

And if you have ever watched the live online feed before, then you know that prior to the announcements you will be listening to muzak of the finest order.  Muzak that has stood the test of time.  And that’s all well and good but wouldn’t you like a little something more?  A little commentary?  A little wit?  Something with, oh let’s say, handmade signs and witty banter?

This Lori. She is charming. You’ll love her.

Introducing the first ever SLJ Pre-Game and Post-Game Show!  Join me, Betsy Bird, and my partner-in-crime the ineffable Lori Ess as we provide you with a little show before and after the award announcements.  Starting at 7:30 a.m. just before the awards (at this location here) instead of indulging in mind numbing music, head on over the SLJ Google Hangout site and join Lori and myself for a little banter.  We’ll talk about the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Pura Belpre, Sibert, Coretta Scott King, and more.  We’ll make wildly incorrect predictions, bicker over what is and is not good (Lori and I have VERY different opinions on some of these matters) and generally brighten your morning before the big announcements.  We’ll even have input on the awards from such luminaries in the field as Jennifer Hubert Swan (giving her thoughts on the Printz), Betty Carter (on the Sibert), and Offilia Berrera (on the Pura Belpre).

Then, once you’ve finished watching the real ALA Awards show, you can head BACK over to us to listed to us kvetch/praise the winners.  It’s all in good fun and you’ll even be able to follow us at Twitter.  Our hashtag will be : #sljpregame (and that’ll stand for the post-game show too, I’d wager).

So come watch Lori and I debate and talk and generally amuse you.  The Today Show may not interview the winners anymore, but insofar as we can tell this is the next best thing.  Remember we’ll be at the following address: [Ed: Or follow SLJ on Google Plus.]

See you soon!

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. RIF will join you as many of us watch together and now while nervously sitting there trying to thnk of what to say…we will have you all to get us started!

  2. Very cool! And library staff *just* got permission to watch (work-related) youtube at work. So I will be watching! Though yikes — with it on east coast time, I’ll be driving during most of it….

  3. Glad it’s on Eastern time so I can watch before I leave for work! Pre-game sounds terrific.

  4. I’m so there.

  5. Joan Raphael says

    Pretty please tell me you guys are close captioning this program! I’ll love you forever! OK, if not, can you see about close captioning 2015’s ALA announcements pre/postgame?

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      Huh! Now there’s a thought. It’s a Google Hangout and I’m not entirely certain its technical capabilities are up for close captioning, but I’ll certainly ask just in case.

  6. Sounds like fun! Thanks for doing this.