Heavy Medal: Mock Newbery Awards

Mock Newbery Award
The Newbery Medal is awarded each year to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” The Newbery Medal is to children’s literature what the Oscar is to the Academy Awards. In plain English: This award is given to the best chapter book of the year. Some popular Newbery award-winning titles include “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry and “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman.

About our Mock Newbery Program:

Throughout the fall, we are inviting youth in grades 4-8 to join us twice per month to discuss this year’s Newbery finalists. Library staff will facilitate the sessions along with Nancy Baumann, a local educator and previous Newbery committee member. This is the third year that the library has offered this unique book club opportunity and we hope that you will consider signing up.

How to get involved:

Sessions will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library on the following Wednesdays: Sept. 10, Oct. 1, 15, 29, Nov. 5, 19, Dec. 3, 17. Registration begins Tuesday, September 2. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

This year’s books:

Wondering what books we’ll be discussing this year? See the list below!

Auditory Processing Disorder? What’s That?

girl with headphonesWe had a diagnosis from an audiologist, but I still wasn’t 100% certain my son really had this Auditory Processing Disorder thing. I finally became convinced when I went to a presentation about APD. Every parent in attendance had variations of the same stories. One woman said, “I observed my daughter’s gym class, and she didn’t run when the coach told them to. She waited until she saw everyone else running, then took off behind the pack.” Yes! That was my son exactly. “We couldn’t use the vacuum when he was little,” someone else said. “For us it was the blender,” I volunteered. “My kid screamed when we turned it on.” For the first time in my mothering life, I was with other parents who understood. Continue reading