November 18, 2017

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Picture of the Week: Gene Luen Yang Inaugurated as National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature

Gene Luen Yang, a self-proclaimed comic nerd and computer geek, has been inaugurated as the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature in a ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. He was joined by Kate DiCamillo (right, below), the current ambassador, and Jon Scieszka (left, below), the first ambassador, each wearing their ambassadorial medals. DiCamillo paid tribute to Walter Dean Myers, the third ambassador, who died last year.

David Mao, acting librarian of Congress, and John Cole, director of the Center for the Book, hosted the event. It drew a standing-room-only crowd, which included students from nearby Savoy Elementary School. Mao drew a laugh when he told the audience that the highlight of the day for him was being mistaken for Yang.

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Rocco Staino About Rocco Staino

Rocco Staino @RoccoA is the retired director of the Keefe Library of the North Salem School District in New York. He is now a contributing editor for School Library Journal and also writes for the Huffington Post.

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