Two More Libraries Win Alibris Collection Awards
Leading online bookseller supports libraries with $3000 annual
Alibris provides books to a Texas public library and an
Alaska school library
EMERYVILLE, CA—January 22, 2006
Alibris has named the Flower Mound Public Library in Flower Mound,
Texas, and the College Gate School Library in Anchorage, Alaska, as
winners of the 2006 Alibris Collection Award. This is the third
consecutive year that Alibris, a leading online bookseller, has
provided $3,000 in books to help supply under-funded libraries with
much-needed materials. Every year, more and more libraries turn to
Alibris to expand their collections in specific areas of interest.
The awards were presented Sunday, January 22, 2006, during the American
Library Association's Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
The Flower Mound Public Library will enhance its collection of beginning
reading books, in support of their Sit! Stay!! Read!!! program, which
matches reluctant readers with volunteer "pet partners" (trained
dogs and their owners) for weekly sessions, where the children read to
the dogs. Studies have shown that being with animals has a relaxing effect
on readers, and the dogs are a nonjudgmental audience. After just a few
weeks, program participants show significant improvement in their oral
reading skills. As might be expected, books about dogs are a natural fit
for reading in this program, and the Alibris Collection Award will be
used to augment the library's collection of same.
"The Sit! Stay!! Read!!! program has made a huge difference in the
lives of those who participate," said Sue Ridnour, Youth Services
Manager at Flower Mound Public Library. "And during the last grading
period, one of the boys who has been participating for a year or so was
the only boy in this fifth grade class to get all As on his report card.
You can't argue with that kind of success! I would like to extend our
heartfelt thanks to Alibris for your very generous award to our library."
College Gate School in Anchorage, Alaska, plans to combat classroom bullying
and intolerance with an enhanced collection of multicultural books and
other children's literature that foster an understanding of different
cultures to support a program called Books that Heal.
"We are delighted to have been chosen and we are happy to build our
collection of library books," said Dona Helmer, School Librarian.
"Our small school struggles to serve an increasingly multiethnic
and multilingual community of students, and these new books will help
to build cross-cultural compassion and empathy. Thank you, Alibris, for
supplying books that will make a difference!"
The two recipients were chosen from dozens of qualified applicants, who
each created wishlists of desired books. The Award jury was comprised
of Toni Garvey, Director, Phoenix Public Library; Dr. Mark Sandler, Chief
Collection Development Officer, University of Michigan; Dr. Lynn Sutton,
Library Director, Wake Forest University; Jack Walsdorf, retired bookseller
and book scholar; and Dr. Richard Weatherford, Co-Founder of Alibris.
"With so many deserving libraries having so many needs, we believe
that this year's Award-winning libraries are selecting books that will
genuinely improve the lives of their readers," said Shelly Stuard,
Director of Alibris for Libraries. "Congratulations to this year's
winners, and we look forward to helping more libraries acquire even more
books in the year to come with the launch of our new Donate-A-Book program.
Using Donate-A-Book, all libraries can more actively promote their wishlists
to patrons, donors, alumni, and other constituents to solicit donations
of long-sought materials. In any case, Alibris is happy to help facilitate
the match among books, libraries, and readers."
Complete details of the Alibris Collection Award may be found at the Alibris
for Libraries Web site (www.alibris.com/library).
About Alibris for Libraries
Alibris for Libraries is the leading library supplier of used and hard-to-find
books, movies, and music. Alibris has millions of out-of-print, older
in-print, and otherwise unavailable titles in stock. Alibris for Libraries
offers flexible payment options, consolidated shipping, and custom tools
for managing replacement and collection-development projects.
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