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2019 Meeting Schedule for

Newbery Club

Meetings are from 4-5:40 in the Eva Perry Library Conference Room (back corner of library near Adult Services desk).

Parents should be in the parking lot no later than 5:45 because the library closes at 6:00 and it is the policy of Wake County that no one under the age of 18 may be left unattended after the library closes.  Parents should have a back-up plan for last-minute transportation problems.

Winter/Spring 2019 Schedule

January 25

February 1

February 22

March 1

March 15

March 29



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    1. In identifying “Distinguished Writing” in a book for children,
    a. Committee members need to consider the following:
    • Interpretation of the theme or concept
    • Presentation of information including accuracy, clarity, and organization
    • Development of a plot
    • Delineation of characters
    • Delineation of setting (to portray or describe setting)
    • Appropriateness of style

    Note: Because the literary qualities to be considered will vary depending on content, the committee need not expect to find excellence in each of the named elements. The book should, however, have distinguished qualities in all of the elements pertinent to it.

    b. Committee members must consider excellence of presentation for a child audience.

    2. Each book is to be considered as a contribution to literature. The committee is to make its decision primarily on the text. Other aspects of a book are to be considered only if they distract from the text. Such other aspects might include illustrations, overall design of the book, etc.

    3. The book must be a self-contained entity, not dependent on other media (i.e., sound or film equipment) for its enjoyment.

    Note: The committee should keep in mind that the award is for literary quality and quality presentation for children. The award is not for didactic intent (to teach a lesson) or for popularity.

  2. TERMS
    1. The Medal shall be awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published in the United States during the preceding year. There are no limitations as to the character of the book considered except that it be original work. Honor Books may be named. These shall be books that are also truly distinguished.
    “Distinguished” is defined as:
    • marked by eminence and distinction; noted for significant achievement (award winner)
    • marked by excellence in quality
    • marked by conspicuous excellence or eminence (obvious)
    • individually distinct

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