librarian helps pick winner of Newbery Medal
SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2001
The Lawrence Journal-World
Picking the best children's book of the
year was more difficult - and more fun - than Arla Jones envisioned.
Jones, is a librarian at Lawrence High School. She was part of
a national committee that met for four days in Washington, D.C.,
before awarding the 2001 Newbery Medal to author Richard Peck
for "A Year Down Yonder."
The book chronicles a year in the life
of a 15-year-old girl living in rural Illinois during the Depression.
"It was more fun, and a lot more stressful, than I ever imagined,"
Jones said. "I loved 'A Year Down Yonder.' It was one of my favorites."
Jones was part of a 15-member committee that devoted a year to
finding the best book for children 10 to 14 years of age. The
Newbery is presented annually by the Association for Library Service
to Children, part of the American Library Assn.